Mere hours after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul on Friday, the Senate’s Local Government and Elections Committee passed a public subsidy bill on an 8-6 vote to help the Vikings with their longstanding efforts to construct a new football stadium.
The Vikings, who joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1960 and have played at the Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis since 1982, will continue to perform without a lease at the ninth-oldest stadium in the league this autumn.
“We’re very pleased with the progress and that the bill moved forward,” Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ vice president for stadium development, said after the Senate committee vote. “It’s been an up and down week, touch and go.”
Although the Vikings have housing in Minnesota for another year, political wrangling remains fierce and the city of Los Angeles is hoping to lure “The Purple People Eaters” west.
Los Angeles, the second most populous city in the United States, has been without an NFL franchise since the Raiders vacated “La-La Land” for Oakland in 1994.
Before the Raiders failed to exist in the second largest market in the country, the Rams met a similar fate and fled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for Anaheim Stadium in nearby Orange County in 1980.
The Rams ultimately abandoned California altogether in 1994 and settled in the 18th largest market in the nation in St. Louis, Missouri.
In stark contrast to residents of L.A., Minnesotans are passionate sports fans and they deserve to keep the Vikings in the “City of Lakes.”
Granted, there are undoubtedly tremendous fans somewhere in “The City of Angels.”
However, Los Angeles is laden with an odd blend of gangsters and prima donnas who attend games late and then comically leave early.
Among various nicknames for the organization, the Raiders are often referred to as “America’s Most Wanted.”
Not even the renowned Raiders were appreciated or “wanted” in Los Angeles.
For the sake of the Vikings, hopefully more “progress” will be made and the organization will stay in Minnesota and avoid the pretentious “Tinseltown.”