About

SavetheVikes.org is a grassroots, nonpartisan group dedicated to getting the Vikings a new home in Minnesota. The group is open to many forms of stadium solutions and financing, and does not advocate a specific agenda. SavetheVikes.org is for the fans & by the fans. This group is not affiliated with any company or political organization.


 

Why were we in jeopardy of losing the Minnesota Vikings? 

At the end of the 2011-2012 season, the Minnesota Vikings’ contract with the Metrodome and its governing body, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC) expired. The Metrodome is over 30 years old and cannot adequately support the team financially as it is one of the oldest stadiums in the National Football League (NFL). Additionally, the bathrooms and concessions were not designed to support the 63,000 plus fans that attend the 10 home games annually. Because of this, lines are extremely long, concession stands can’t take money as fast as people want to spend it and the team cannot raise ticket prices. This has led to the Vikings being ranked 31 out of 32 teams in terms of profitability in the NFL. 

Because of the serious economic disadvantage the Metrodome puts the Vikings in, they did not renew a long term contract with the Metrodome.  this put the team at risk for being contracted by the NFL or sold to another owner and/or market.

In the early 90’s Minnesota didn’t want to invest 20 million in renovating the Met Center. The result was Norm Green moving the team and leaving the state of hockey without its team for 7+ years. Only after spending hundreds of millions of dollars were we able to get an arena and an NHL franchise back in Minnesota.

We have seen the NFL do this before. Houston, Cleveland and Baltimore are all cities where the NFL has taken a team to only return later to award one back. If we let the Vikings go now, the cost of a new stadium and a new team would be well over 2 billion dollars.

Fortunately, common sense prevailed and in May of 2012 the Minnesota Legislature with Governor Mark Dayton presiding over it passed a stadium bill in partnership with the city of Minneapolis which the city council approved in June of 2012.

Quickly, two bodies were formed to oversee the design, planning and building of the new Vikings stadium. First was the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) which is comprised of five members who were appointed by Governor Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. The state authority is chaired by Michele Kelm-Helgen and former MSFC Executive Director Ted Mondale was named the Executive Director of the new sports authority. Public testimony is taken at every meeting so fans are welcome to attend and provide input.

The second committee is the Stadium Implementation Committee (StIC) which is comprised of Minneapolis council members, business stakeholders, neighborhood representatives and SavetheVikes.org founder Cory Merrifield. The city committee is chaired by Mayor Rybak, Minneapolis City Council President Barb Johnson and co-chaired by David Wilson of Accenture and Tom Fisher of the University of Minnesota. The mission of the StIC is to bring forward ideas from fans and the community surrounding the stadium regarding development, fan plaza and stakeholder experience (fancy term for “game day experience”).

PLEASE NOTE: Public testimony is not taken at the StIC meetings; however fans are welcome to attend and encouraged to submit their ideas for tailgating, fan plaza and activities occurring outside of the stadium to both Mayor Rybak and Cory Merrifield of STV.Org. You can contact them at RT@Minneapolis.org and cory.merrifield@savethevikes.org respectively. When emailing please put “Game Day Experience” in the subject line to give it priority.  

The MSFA meets every third Friday in the Halsey Hall room at the Metrodome at 9am. The StIC meets the third Monday of every month at 4pm on the third floor of Minneapolis City Hall.

So, when will we break ground on the stadium? It is expected design and planning will be completed mid-2013 and we’ll break ground in August of 2013. Stadium completion is expected before the Vikings 2016 season.