DULUTH, Minn. (WCCO) The latest city to throw its hat into the ring for a new Vikings stadium? Duluth, Minn.
Sen. Roger Reinert announced plans Thursday for a proposed Vikings stadium in Duluth, by delivering a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton.
Reinert said if the Green Bay Packers can attract ticket holders from more than two hours away (like Madison, Wis. or Milwaukee), then the Vikings can, too.
Stationing the Vikings in Duluth is economically advantageous and will help further supplant the message that the Vikings represent all of Minnesota and are not exclusive to the metropolitan areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Reinert said.
The proposal puts the stadium southwest of the downtown Duluth area on 500 acres of what used to be the U.S. Steel/Atlas Cement Works Site.
The city says they already support a tourism industry of more than 3.5 million tourists, with a direct economic impact ranging from $750 million to $780 million.
The senator proposes the states portion of stadium funding could be paid through the Sunday Sales legislation, which is currently at the Senate Commerce Committee.
I'm surprised nobody in officialdom has suggested putting the stadium at the 140-acre Ford plant site in St. Paul. Imagine the great view of the Mississippi from the stadium and people tailgating and fishing along the river before and after games. They could shuttle people in buses from the 46th St light rail station across the river.
The logistics of getting everyone in and out of a stadium on the ford plant site would be a nightmare. THere's no freeway access and you can't shuttle 60,000-80,000 people in and out of the stadium on 1 road.
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