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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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now that the funding wrangling is finally over, the next step moves on to design concepts.

i like that the Wilfs have stated they want a state of the art facility with a local theme to it. the Metrodome was nothing but an oval box around a rectangular field.

this will be an enormous improvement.


Thumbs up for that indeed!

It feels good to be a part of it. The struggle and the new stadium. Vikings fandom has always been a struggle, and I embrace it. It's going to be great to do it in style!!! Wink

Cheers brothers!!
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how much say does the state/city have over the design the Vikings put forth. Will there be another battle regarding that, or does the bill basically allow the Vikes to do as they please within the budget?
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It appears they have carte blanche within budget. The Wilfs wouldnt do anything offensive, so whilst Minny input is welcome it will have little say. That is just my opinion.
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how much say does the state/city have over the design the Vikings put forth. Will there be another battle regarding that, or does the bill basically allow the Vikes to do as they please within the budget?


In an interview with the guy who oversaw the Twins stadium construction, heres what he said about who had control.

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JB: We controlled the design and the construction, but it had to be approved by the Minnesota Ballpark Authority. I'm quite sure the same thing will be the case here. (A state agency) will have to agree with the Wilfs, and the Wilfs will have to agree with them.

http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20621826/vikings-stadium-lot-work-do-target-field-planner

I think thats what the sports facility authority is that has to be assembled.
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State and local funding for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium has been approved on paper. Now, the work begins.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said one of the first steps will be the creation of an implementation committee to examine key details of the stadium plan, such as local hiring for construction jobs and ways to better connect the new stadium to the West Bank and the surrounding community.

The stadium legislation requires the creation of a five-member sports facility authority, with two members chosen by the mayor and three members chosen by the governor's office. Rybak's spokesman John Stiles said those members will be picked within the next two weeks.

Jeff Anderson, a spokesman for the Vikings, said he envisioned architectural design and planning for a new stadium would take 10 months to a year. A construction firm would be hired through a public process. Crews could break ground on a stadium next spring.

"We've been anxiously awaiting this vote for a couple of weeks," Anderson said.


http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20713569/vikings-stadium-now-that-it-has-been-approved
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Klomp wrote:
vikingsrule wrote:
how much say does the state/city have over the design the Vikings put forth. Will there be another battle regarding that, or does the bill basically allow the Vikes to do as they please within the budget?


In an interview with the guy who oversaw the Twins stadium construction, heres what he said about who had control.

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JB: We controlled the design and the construction, but it had to be approved by the Minnesota Ballpark Authority. I'm quite sure the same thing will be the case here. (A state agency) will have to agree with the Wilfs, and the Wilfs will have to agree with them.

http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20621826/vikings-stadium-lot-work-do-target-field-planner

I think thats what the sports facility authority is that has to be assembled.


Thanks! I figured there would be some other party to assist with the management of it.
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After the Minneapolis City Council gave final approval on Friday to funding a new Vikings stadium downtown, fans in face paint and Vikings shirts rushed into Mayor R.T. Rybak's office to serve him Grain Belt beer in a giant drinking horn. Another professional sports team also had a reason to cheer: the Timberwolves.

The 7-6 vote cemented a plan years in the making to redirect at least $60 million in sales taxes toward renovations of the city-owned Target Center, home of the state's NBA team. The 22-year-old facility has struggled to compete with the younger Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and is viewed by many on the council as a costly boondoggle.

The deal also will cover the annual debt and operating obligations on the building, which altogether will free up money in the city's budget that can be used for property tax relief.

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/153642825.html
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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2012 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The black guy there wearing the Peterson jersey supposedly has been a huge fixture in the lobbying for the the stadium. I have no idea who he is or what he does.
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The 7-6 vote cemented a plan years in the making to redirect at least $60 million in sales taxes toward renovations of the city-owned Target Center, home of the state's NBA team. The 22-year-old facility has struggled to compete with the younger Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and is viewed by many on the council as a costly boondoggle.

The deal also will cover the annual debt and operating obligations on the building, which altogether will free up money in the city's budget that can be used for property tax relief.

can a local that understands this better explain what's going on, please?

did basically the state assume the city's debt for the Target Center or something? as in, MPLS residents don't have to be the only ones to pay it off out of their own taxes, but now all of Minnesota residents' taxes will go toward it?

is that what happened?
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The next step will be for Dayton and Rybak to appoint a five-member committee to the “stadium authority,” which will oversee the operation of the stadium. Rybak will appoint two members to the committee. And now the Vikings, who will sign a 30-year lease, will be in Minnesota for at least another generation.

Vikings spokesperson Jeff Anderson: “It’s just an absolute moment of relief. This is a big moment, an exciting moment, but now we turn our attention to building it. We’ve got four years. We want this thing to open on time in 2016. The hard work just starts now.”

http://min.scout.com/2/1189689.html
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vike daddy wrote:
vike daddy wrote:
The 7-6 vote cemented a plan years in the making to redirect at least $60 million in sales taxes toward renovations of the city-owned Target Center, home of the state's NBA team. The 22-year-old facility has struggled to compete with the younger Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and is viewed by many on the council as a costly boondoggle.

The deal also will cover the annual debt and operating obligations on the building, which altogether will free up money in the city's budget that can be used for property tax relief.

can a local that understands this better explain what's going on, please?

did basically the state assume the city's debt for the Target Center or something? as in, MPLS residents don't have to be the only ones to pay it off out of their own taxes, but now all of Minnesota residents' taxes will go toward it?

is that what happened?

As far as I know the Target Center has been paid for, but it's out of date and needs a face lift. The passing of this bill will take a small chunk of the tax money that the city is diverting for the Vikings stadium, and put it towards a renovation of the Target Center.

Here's an article from the Fox Sports North;

http://www.foxsportsnorth.com/05/25/12/Wolves-look-forward-to-Target-Center-upg/landing_timberwolves.html?blockID=735530&feedID=3793
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Back in 1995, after the original owners of the T-Wolves, Harv and Marv, threatened to sell the team to the boxing promoter Bob Arum (who was planning to move the team to New Orleans), they ended up having to sell Target Center to the city who assumed its' debt.

And in fact, ProudHorn is incorrect, Target Center has not yet been paid off (they still owe $55M on a $80M bond from 1995). Part of this bill is going to pay down the Target Center's debt and also provide funding for renovations. The decision to purchase the Target Center and its' debt back in 1995 was a terrible financial decision (as can be seen from the money still owed).
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President Barack Obama was in the Twin Cities over the weekend and, as part of his remarks, took time to praise those who championed the Vikings stadium effort. Those are big words coming from a Bears fan.

http://min.scout.com/2/1191854.html
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With the legislative battle now history, the first major step toward erecting a downtown Minneapolis stadium for the Minnesota Vikings came Thursday when Gov. Mark Dayton appointed one of his top aides to oversee development of the nearly $1 billion project.

Dayton named Michele Kelm-Helgen, his deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs, as chairwoman for the newly created five-member Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. The authority, which could meet publicly for the first time as early as next week, will work in step with the Vikings on nearly every phase of a massive construction project that promises to reshape the downtown skyline for decades.

Joining Kelm-Helgen on the newly created authority are:

•John Griffith, 50, executive vice president of property development for Target Corp., who lobbied the Minneapolis City Council and state legislators in recent months in support of the stadium financing deal.

•Duane Benson, 66, a former NFL linebacker, state legislator and GOP Senate minority leader from Lanesboro, Minn., who served as executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership from 1994 to 2003. While there, Benson worked with Lester Bagley, who is now a Vikings vice president.

•Bill McCarthy, president of the AFL-CIO Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation.

•Barbara Butts-Williams, 63, dean of the School of Education at Capella University, Minneapolis.

http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/159087675.html
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I was hoping that there would be at least 1 name I'd recognize. Razz
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