Skip to main content

Vikings stadium to complicate 'concert wars'?

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Several Minnesota lawmakers are mulling fixes to a "concert wars" problem complicated by what will be the addition of the new Vikings stadium as yet another taxpayer-funded venue competing for big-name shows, FOX 9 reports.

Promoters who bring roughly 50 major concerts a year to the Twin Cities already have an array of choices, among them the 25,000-seat Target Center in Minneapolis and 18,500-seat Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. And the TCF Bank Stadium (home of U of M Gopher football) and Target Field are also attractive venues for the right mega-show. TCF hosted a super-sized U2 show in 2011 and Target Field has now welcomed two country music shows that drew record crowds of 43,000.

The new 65,000-seat Vikings stadium is scheduled to open for the 2016 season. Ground-breaking is expected next month. Lawmakers say the new stadium will be one more venue that is partly funded by the public competing for big shows, FOX reports.

"Right now, we've got all these tax payer-funded venues that are competing against one another and they drive the price down, sometimes to zero," Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, KARE 11 reports.

Atkins would like lawmakers to try to find a solution. One proposal: put all the venues under one management umbrella so that they can better share the concert revenues. A legislative commission is set to consider the issue Thursday.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville, plans to introduce a bill in the next legislative session that will clarify where stadium event profits will go, KSTP reports. She and Atkins say revenues ought to be re-invested in operating and maintenance budgets for the facility.

Next Up

Semi into house near Sturgis, South Dakota

Semi drives into house near Sturgis, South Dakota

The force from the semi was so strong that the foundation of the house was moved.


18-year-old from Zumbrota dies in Goodhue County crash

The crash happened in rural Goodhue County around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

thomas beach, bde maka ska - lake calhoun

3 Minneapolis beaches closed due to E. coli contamination

No illnesses have been reported, according to the MPRB.


'Hockeyland' documentary debuting in Minnesota movie theaters

The documentary has received great reviews at numerous film festivals.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Former Minnesota Olympic runner accused of driving drunk in Eden Prairie crash

Police said the man's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.


Man, 79, killed in ATV rollover near Faribault

The man was declared dead at the scene.

minneapolis police

Woman fighting for her life after shooting in Minneapolis

The woman was shot only about a half-hour after a 14-year-old suffered critical injuries in an apparent accidental discharge.

prior lake high school

Two students face discipline over racist messages at Prior Lake High School

Families and students were largely uncooperative with the investigation.

Sharon and Herb Vasser

Cause of Hopkins house explosion that killed couple revealed

Sharon and Herb Vassar were killed in the explosion. Herb built the home back in 1962.

Arrows on target

Charges: Minnesota camp counselor fired arrows at kids, injuring boy

An 8-year-old boy was shot in the arm with an arrow.

North Shore Mayor Chris Swanson.

Two Harbors votes overwhelmingly to recall Mayor Chris Swanson

The mayor had been scrutinized for several things leading up to the vote Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2022-08-10 at 8.43.50 AM

Suspected gunman at large after homicide near Albert Lea

The 32-year-old suspect was last seen in a 2004 white Ford F-150 with Minnesota license number EUZ-057.