Vikings stadium bill becomes official

Media Alert: Vikings stadium bill becomes official
Minneapolis City Council vote gives the seal of approval for the new stadium

MINNEAPOLIS (May 25, 2012) – Every great sundae consists of a few scoops of ice cream drizzled with chocolate syrup, and of course a shiny red cherry on top. Today the Vikings stadium bill received its cherry as the Minneapolis City Council voted to approve the stadium.
 
This appears to be a win-win deal for all parties involved. The Vikings, fans, the city of Minneapolis and Minnesota as a whole will reap the benefits of a new stadium including a heightened fan experience, a boost to the hospitality industry, and the capacity to host national events like the Super Bowl or NCAA Final Four.
 
Other sporting venues benefit as well. The Vikings stadium bill has debt forgiveness written into it for the Xcel Energy Center. The bill will also allow the city of Minneapolis to use funds from the Convention Center tax to renovate the Target Center locking up all major sports in Minnesota for decades to come.

For Vikings fans this is really a “pinch me- I’m dreaming” moment after years of efforts to secure a new home for the Vikings.  SavetheVikes.org founder and fan advocate Cory Merrifield says, “Vikings fans can take a sigh of relief today knowing that the purple and gold will remain in Minnesota for the next 30 years.”

Merrifield has been heavily involved in the new stadium efforts since founding SavetheVikes.org three years ago. As what’s next for Merrifield, he plans to actively seek a role on the new sports authority committee.

“I would love to represent the fans in the planning and construction of the new stadium as a part of the sports authority, “ Merrifield adds. “I also plan to keep fans updated on SavetheVikes.org about stadium updates and construction.”
Groundbreaking for the new stadium is expected to take place in February or March of 2013 with the new stadium opening in 2015 or 2016.
 
ABOUT: SavetheVikes.org is a grassroots, nonpartisan group dedicated to securing the Vikings a new home in Minnesota. The group is open to many forms of stadium solutions and financing, and is an advocate for keeping the Vikings a Minnesota team. Founder Cory Merrifield created SavetheVikes.org to be for the fans, by the fans. The group is not owned or operated by any company or political organization.



About the Author

Founder and author of SavetheVikes.org. Born and raised in MN, Cory has been a lifelong Vikings fan. Season ticket holder, stop by and see him in section 218! cory.merrifield@savethevikes.org