According to this article which appeared in the StarTribune, the Minnesota Vikings attended a Burnsville/Lakeville Chamber luncheon to try and sell the need to build a new stadium to those in the local business and political community. While the Vikings continue to repeat, over and over again, their desire to stay as long as a new billion dollar facility is built for them one has to wonder what good they felt it would do to come to Dakota County to try and sell their favored plan.
From the article:
Vikings officials echoed that call for action. At a stadium pep rally during a Lakeville and Burnsville chambers of commerce luncheon, Vice President of Stadium Development Lester Bagley said the team’s Dome lease is up “and we need to get this done.”
“We were disappointed when one of the legislators said, ‘No special session this year’ … because taking the deadline away from this issue was not helpful,” Bagley said. “We were moving, there was energy, there was momentum toward a plan, a solution. We were getting there and all of a sudden we took the pressure off.”
While the article may not be covering all that happened at the luncheon, it appears that little was said which would have helped to rally support for the Vikings organization in Dakota County. However the lack of discussion may have been intentional as some may wonder what the Vikings’ preference for building in Arden Hills would do to bolster business South of the River. Were business owners in Burnsville and Lakeville really feeling a sense of urgency with all of this and do they really mind if the pressure was removed?
What do you think about the Vikings bringing the stadium debate to Dakota County? Do you think that keeping the Vikings in Minnesota but moving them to the organization’s preferred location in Arden Hills will have a positive impact on Burnsville and Lakeville businesses? What about your personal feelings about the stadium plan and partially veiled threats by the team that they’ll up and move if they don’t get their way? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.