With next Monday’s Minnesota Vikings game definitely moved to the University of Minnesota’s stadium (and the call out for volunteer snow shovelers to make the place playable), the speculation about what the Metrodome roof deflation means for the Vikings’ stadium plans has begun to die down a little. Not a lot. But a little.
The Nation’s Dave Zirin has a good rundown of some of the latest scare stories, including Forbes’ Kurt Badenhausen writing, “If [Vikings owner Zygi] Wilf can’t get public funding for a new stadium after Sunday’s collapse, Minneapolis can kiss the NFL goodbye” and a Minneapolis Star Tribune online poll that found 66% of respondents agreed with the statement: “Yes, this is more proof that the Dome is a lousy facility. Case closed.” (Excellent fine print below the poll results: “Instant polls are intended as entertainment. They are not considered to be true measurements of public opinion.”) Then there’s Sports Illustrated writer Steve Rushin, who’s writing the dome’s eulogy now to beat the Christmas rush.
The Star Tribune previously reported that the roof was in okay shape according to an inspection earlier this year, though it was recommended that it be replaced in the next five years. Estimated cost: $12-15 million. Estimated cost of a new stadium: $791 million. Journalists willing to make your team’s case for a new stadium for you: Priceless.