Sid’s column has quotes from Bruininks that involve sharing the stadium with the Queens. Of course it would need to be expanded to 80,000 (or at least beyond 60,00). The point of a 50,000 seate stadium was to fill it up with gopher fans and keep the opposing border states out. The seats could grow with the fanbase (by that I mean Gopher fanbase). I thought this was “our” stadium and by “our” I mean fans and alumns of the University of Minnesota. We got screwed with the Dome and don’t think that the Queens will not try to take advantage of every angle. Do you really think that the premium locker room for the Gophers will not be used by the Vikings? When would we paint the place purple?
I am in the process of making a large pledge to the U’s new stadium. Admittedly, there is the selfish reason of better seats. However, there is also the non-selfish aspect of giving back to my school. This is the same reason that I spent lunch breaks calling state senators’ and reps’ offices asking them to approve funding for the stadium. I do not see the point in giving money to a stadium, so a pro sports team has a place to play.
While it is early in this process, I am pretty concerned. With a bad economy and two stadiums to fund already, I just do not see the State or taxpayers coming up with a stadium for the Vikings, when they can just play at the U.