Monday night the Vikings stadium bill will finally get a vote on the floor of the Minnesota house. This weekend stadium supporters ramped up their efforts to energize the public, holding a rally at the Mall of America. The hundreds who showed up at the rally were treated to a little pep talk by Jared Allen, who encouraged them to put pressure on lawmakers to vote yes on the stadium.
The fans seemed to take the message to heart, getting on the phone to legislators, sending emails, tweeting and generally whipping up a pro stadium frenzy. The pressure tactics seemed to work at least in the case of representative Ryan Winkler who committed to voting yes after originally being against the stadium plan.
Stadium supporters are selling the plan as a job-creating measure and a general economic booster for Minnesota. But Forbes disagrees with the notion that a new stadium will significantly impact the state’s economy in the long run or lead to real job growth. Maybe Jared Allen should go have a talk with the economists too.