Minnesota Vikings season ticket holders recently received an e-mail survey from the team, asking if they would be willing to pay significant sums to secure the best seats in the new downtown stadium. The Star Tribune reports that selling personal seat licenses is one option the team is contemplating to raise cash. The Vikings' share of the construction cost is put at $975 million.
The Minnesota Vikings will only play seven regular-season home games at Mall of America Field next year. The Pioneer Press reports Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development, has confirmed the Purple will play a home game at London's historic Wembley Stadium next September. The opponent and date is expected to be announced later this week.
Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs Lester Bagley tells the Star Tribune the Minnesota team has been encouraging members of its grass-roots fan organization, Minnesota Momentum, to support legislators and a county commissioner in Tuesday's primary elections. "It's important that our organization stands with those elected officials who took a hard vote and stood with us," Bagley said.
According to reports filed with the state Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, the Vikings spent about $115,000 lobbying state lawmakers in the first five months of 2012. Most of the money was from the team's vice president of public affairs and stadium development. Lester Bagley led the effort to secure public funding for a new NFL stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Monday could turn out to be one of the most important days in the history of the Minnesota Vikings. The stadium bill will be voted on in the House. If the vote passes the team will be one step closer to a new stadium. Lester Bagley, the Vikings' chief stadium lobbyist believes a 'yes' vote "is within striking distance."
Gov. Mark Dayton, House Speaker Kurt Zellers and Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley were on WCCO Sunday morning to weigh in on the future of the Vikings stadium proposal. All three agree the stadium bill has a 50 percent chance of passing both chambers of the legislature before lawmakers plan to adjourn next Monday.
Speaking at the NFL owners' meeting in Florida, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says Minneapolis officials support for the stadium at the Metrodome site is encouraging. But he's not nearly ready to declare victory.
Bagley discussed the status of stadium negotiations with the state and the City of Minneapolis on WCCO Sunday morning. The Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development said the basic economics of the agreement are resolved, but some minor issues remain.
Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley says there is "no point" in the team filing a notice of relocation with the NFL. The deadline for such a notice is Wednesday, but Bagley and the Vikings believe they have momentum with state lawmakers to build a new stadium.
A third proposal from Ramsey County for a Vikings stadium in Arden Hills fell flat Friday. The newest proposal funded a stadium through user fees instead of county sales taxes. The Star Tribune reports that Vikings VP Lester Bagley quickly ruled it out.
Governor Mark Dayton informed the Minnesota Vikings on Monday that if they want a stadium plan approved this year, it will have to be built on the current Metrodome site. Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf are scheduled to meet with Dayton on Wednesday. Lester Bagley, Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development, says the Wilfs are "extremely frustrated with the situation."
Vikings officials reaffirmed their commitment to building on an Arden Hills site Tuesday, but agreed to meet with Minneapolis officials next Tuesday to explore stadium options. Team Vice President Lester Bagley says the Vikings want to "stick with the local partner [Arden Hills] that sticks with us.