REGGIE TALES Vikings Game
I attended my first Vikings game since the 1998 NFC Championship game on Sunday. Here are a few observations.
*Times have changed. The entire scene is a circus. The game itself is just part of the ... Posted on 10/23/12 at 10:11 AM
FATHER KNOWS LAST My Many Faces of the Twin Cities Marathon
I have quite a few pictures from the Twin Cities Marathon (TCM) that have either been shared by friends, or purchased by me, that I want to pass along to you. Here's what I have:
This is taken by Car... Posted on 10/19/12 at 8:59 PM
STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Stadium backers say deal to be announced Thursday
Minnesota Vikings stadium supporters say they will announce a deal Thursday that could lead to a new home for the states professional football team.
Team officials, state leaders and Minneapolis offi... Posted on 2/29/12 at 11:21 PM
THE FLENSBURGER FILES First you walk, then we talk!
Like many of us, I had my favorite teams to cheer for when I grew up in rural Minnesota. In the summer, there were the Twins in baseball; the winter time consisted of split shifts between the Timberwo... Posted on 11/17/11 at 5:41 AM
The Metrodome in Minneapolis was expected to host its final college baseball games this week. The Dome’s original college baseball schedule wraps up Saturday with a game between North Dakota and North Dakota State.
Smiles surrounding a Minnesota Vikings stadium announcement belied work that lies ahead in the Legislature and the Minneapolis City Council. Both bodies must approve stadium plans, and both have many members opposed to the proposal.
Ted Mondale, chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, said the plan — which is still being shaped — could see a new stadium as much as three-fourths done before the Metrodome would have to be demolished. Mondale said in that scenario the Vikings could stay in the Dome through 2015, with a new stadium complete by 2016.
The Minnesota Vikings are looking at land southeast of the Metrodome as a potential area for a stadium, as they have in the past, but it's not under active consideration as a site, a team spokesman said Monday.
For a solid decade, the countdown to the end of the Minnesota Vikings' lease at the Metrodome has hung like a hammer over the political debate on whether citizens should help pay for a new stadium. That lease is about to expire, but thanks to a confluence of NFL deadlines and Minnesota's legislative calendar, it's not looking like the advantage the Vikings might have hoped.
Major League Baseball's largest fan fest is back at the Metrodome - the Twins' old park - after a year away because of roof damage. The team expects about 30,000 to slip through the revolving doors, about 5,000 more than could squeeze into Blaine's National Sports Center last winter, when TwinsFest was one of the many events forced from the Dome.
The Star Tribune reports that a majority of the council oppose Mayor R.T. Rybak's stadium funding plan unless there's a citywide vote on the issue. Rybak told council members Thursday he want the city to contribute more than $300 million from an existing city sales tax in order to help the team and the state build a $920 million stadium.
After a blizzard destroyed the Metrodome's roof last winter, insurers not only paid $23 million for the roof, they also covered most of the damage done to the playing field and reimbursed the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission for lost business as well.
The Minnesota Vikings said Tuesday that building a new football stadium on the current site of the Metrodome would include $67 million in hidden costs that should be factored as state leaders push toward picking a host a new NFL venue.
A long-simmering push for a publicly funded stadium is suddenly boiling over, with a lease that expires after this season, a fat new market in California beckoning and state leaders reluctant to pony up amid chronic budget deficits and spending cuts.
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