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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Stadium talk

MANKATO--Vikings owner Zygi Wilf addressed the annual convention of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, which unanimously approved two bills supporting the team's stadium efforts.

Wilf told the group he has two goals, to win a Super Bowl and get a new stadium built, and vowed, "We're going to get both of them done, I promise you."

In a subsequent Q&A with media members, Wilf said the team is still working to come up with a financial partner for a proposed, $954 million, retractable-roof stadium and reviewing options for funding.

Asked how important success on the field is to those stadium efforts, Wilf said: "I can't say it wouldn't help. ... Our goals have never wavered from Day 1. That was to win championships. That will be the No. 1 goal that we will have."

Asked how close the team is to competing for a championship, Wilf said: "Much closer than from the first day we stepped in to be owners. Every day we grow and every day we get better. That's why I'm so excited today is starting our training camp because I can see how it's growing and how successful it can be. We have the makings of a team that can not only win but can win consistently."

Wilf, a longtime proponent of an open-air stadium, said he has come to accept that a retractable-roof, multi-purpose facility would be best for all parties.


Blogger Tony Spadafora said...

The Vikings don't appear to be serious about passing stadium legislation in 2008, an election year.

I think they're targeting 2009.

10:20 PM  

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