Today’s Pioneer Press ran an interesting piece about how the Vikings and their owner, Zygi Wolf, keep letting those that think they may want to move to Los Angeles that they are not interested. While that might be the case, where there is smoke there is usually fire, so it’s interesting that the vibe is even out there that the Vikings would move. Here’s the report from today’s edition:
The Vikings continue to rebuff feelers from California billionaire Ed Roski Jr., who would like to build a privately financed stadium in the Los Angeles area and lure an NFL team to play there, according to Vikings executive Lester Bagley. The Vikings want public financing to carry most of the cost to build a new stadium in downtown Minneapolis, at the current site of the Metrodome.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has said in the past that the ownership group is willing to contribute about $250 million toward a stadium projected to cost about $954 million, although the final tally hasn’t been set. Bagley, Vikings vice president of public affairs/stadium development, continues to emphasize the sense of urgency to build a new stadium, saying a plan is in place that would allow construction to start in August. “We have 30 games left (including exhibitions) at the Metrodome,” Bagley said today, referring to the lease that expires after the 2011 season. “The issue isn’t what the Wilfs will or won’t do. It’s that other NFL owners and other potential NFL markets and potential owners will come after this team. If you let the market work, it’s not going to be a favorable outcome for the Twin Cities in terms of the long-term future for the club.”
The group led by Roski, a real estate developer, has been in contact with the Vikings since last summer. But the Vikings contend they are focused on winning approval for a new stadium in the Twin Cities.