I’m sure by now most of you have seen the story posted by Chris about the Stadium Bill not being part of the upcoming special session. And I’m sure most of you are very distraught. That’s fine, so am I, but let’s not sit around a mope about it.
The way I see it we still have a few more chances. There is still a possibility that there will be a special session specifically for the stadium in September.
The other thing I haven’t seen brought up is that the Minnesota Vikings will be here until January at the very least. And February at the very best. The new legislative session starts at the beginning of 2012. There's still a *small* possibly something could happen during the next regular session.
I think while the Wilfs and co are working with the state government. We as fans need to try to persuade different individuals, and companies to help out.
We could try 3M or Best Buy (both Minnesota companies). I don't think we would be able make up all of what the state would need to provide but I would imagine knocking 50 to 100 million would make it a bit more appealing of a deal for them. What would the companies gain from the deal? A lot of pleased Vikings fans. They would look like heroes. And hopefully see a bump in business because of it.
As for individuals. People like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, etc. many these people have so much money that they could be willing to invest in something like a stadium, as it wouldn’t be that huge of a risk (Microsoft's Paul Allen bought the Seahawks for instance). Perhaps one of these billionaires would put down $300m in return for 5% of what the stadium’s profits are, or some sort of deal like that?
I think doing these types of things in a very public way (setting up websites, chipping in for billboards a la the "You Brettcha" billboard that went up in Mississippi last off-season.) would generate some press which would only help the cause.
If all else fails, maybe the Wilfs can agree to waiting one more year?
So instead of moping, let's try to get something done.
The Vikings will stay in Minnesota.
(This was my first fanpost, please be gentle.)