The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission’s most recent proposal to the Minnesota Vikings was met with an angry reaction. They had essentially put forth a proposal to extend the Vikings’ lease on the Metrodome which expires in 2011.
The Commission’s intentions were to propose a friendly solution to the Vikings’ stadium woes. Vikings spokesperson, Lester Bagley, said that the proposal was basically taken as an insult by the Wilfs and their organization.
“The lease extension issue is a non-starter,” Bagley told Jay Weiner of minnpost.com. “Our ownership is outraged for the sports commission to advance a proposal that they know is completely unacceptable to the Vikings.”
“We’ve been negotiating in good faith to resolve this issue to get some short-term expense relief. Then, without the simple courtesy of a phone call or a heads-up they drop this radical proposal on us … Our owners are making significant investments in this team and building support and a winning team . . . The commission’s action leaves us even more concerned about our long-term prospects here.”
“We’re the last remaining tenant. We expect to be treated with some level of respect, and I guess we’ll have to continue to wait. The Wilfs are landlords. You don’t do this to a tenant whose lease is up.”
The nitty-gritty details of getting a new stadium are not exactly fun to wade through, nor are they entertaining enough to hash through on this blog. But what this boils down to is the Commission will vote on whether or not to actually make this proposal to the Vikings. The vote will take place on Thursday.
I recently received an email from Cory Merrifield, the Founder of Save The Vikes. He wanted me to pass along to all of you that “On Thursday, December 3rd from 2-6 SavetheVikes.org and a few other Vikings fan’s groups will be hosting a fan gathering at the Capitol to show support of the stadium issue and the urgent need for State leaders to work with the team to find a solution. I will send you more details later this week, but if you can ask people to mark their calendar now for that date and make arrangements to make it out at 2, or after work, that would be greatly appreciated!”