Scramble drill: How the Vikings navigated a logistical nightmare in the wake of the Metrodome roo...

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Sunshine illuminates the snow-splattered floor of the Metrodome after the roof collapsed under the weight of 17-plus inches of weekend snow on Dec.

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is "How did the Metrodome handle teh Vikings collapse"

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and now they milk this for all its worth to get a new stadium, this roof could have been fixed by now
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"Chilean miners at the Four Seasons," Warren described the experience.

Nice analogy, Mr. Warren. I'm sure a lot of people felt equal amounts of compassion between the Chilean miners and the local NFL Millionaire's Club having to spend a couple of extra days on the road.

Congrats to the NFL athletes for attaining their elite status- but please have a bit of understanding as it relates to your fanbase / target audience. Every workplace has its ups and downs. If one of the bigger downsides to my job entailed having to stay out of town for a couple of extra nights- put-up in a 5-star hotel while being issued a handsome per diem- I'm thinking life would be pretty good. I'm also thinking I wouldn't have a lot to complain about, nor would I expect anyone else to feel sorry for me. Sounds like a bit of a reality check is in order for some in the Vikings organization.

“Wher's dem turkey necks?”

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Actually quite a fascinating story. The cooperation, communications, the decision making under a stressful situation by all those involved and then pulling everything together to get the games played.
Sounds to me there are some pretty sharp people inside the Vikings Organization who the average fan never ever sees or hears about.
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The great news is that we now know they do not need a new stadium.

They can rent TCF Bank stadium.

Since the taxpayers paid for it, they should get the rent. After all, we're always told stadiums are investments, now is the time to get some return on the investment.
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Great storey, thanks.

May the next Vikings stadium be outdoors too.

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plain and simple, if stadiums are such a money maker, the owners would build and pay for them themselves, must be nice to have someone build you a building and you reap the benefits, its nothing but corporate welfare
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just another say in loserville....
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Funny how there clearly were unsold seats at the TCF dome - and the NFL goes to great pains in normal circumstances to avoid allowing it's viewers to think that any of their valuable seats would remain unsold. I can only surmise, given the product on the field, that the fans go to the games to see the Dome not the vikings.
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plain and simple, if stadiums are such a money maker, the owners would build and pay for them themselves, must be nice to have someone build you a building and you reap the benefits, its nothing but corporate welfare
As we all know the NFL is what is called a fiat industry. The own nothing of value except a few footballs and player contracts. The main reason why they donít want to pay for the stadiums is then they would be tied to a site and would not be able to extort concessions (Native Americans would call this renegotiation) from the local area, and they would be responsible for property taxes and stadium maintenance.. Owning a stadium would also strengthen the player union They do however want to own enough of a stadium to lockout any and all competitors, ie UFK, WFL etc etc.

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Jimi wrote:
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As we all know the NFL is what is called a fiat industry. The own nothing of value except a few footballs and player contracts. The main reason why they donít want to pay for the stadiums is then they would be tied to a site and would not be able to extort concessions (Native Americans would call this renegotiation) from the local area, and they would be responsible for property taxes and stadium maintenance.. Owning a stadium would also strengthen the player union They do however want to own enough of a stadium to lockout any and all competitors, ie UFK, WFL etc etc.
exactly
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"Chilean miners at the Four Seasons," Warren described the experience.
Nice analogy, Mr. Warren. I'm sure a lot of people felt equal amounts of compassion between the Chilean miners and the local NFL Millionaire's Club having to spend a couple of extra days on the road.
Congrats to the NFL athletes for attaining their elite status- but please have a bit of understanding as it relates to your fanbase / target audience. Every workplace has its ups and downs. If one of the bigger downsides to my job entailed having to stay out of town for a couple of extra nights- put-up in a 5-star hotel while being issued a handsome per diem- I'm thinking life would be pretty good. I'm also thinking I wouldn't have a lot to complain about, nor would I expect anyone else to feel sorry for me. Sounds like a bit of a reality check is in order for some in the Vikings organization.
Oh, lighten up already!
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The Analyst wrote:
The great news is that we now know they do not need a new stadium.
They can rent TCF Bank stadium.
Since the taxpayers paid for it, they should get the rent. After all, we're always told stadiums are investments, now is the time to get some return on the investment.
Not unless the fieled is replaced with one that has an underground heating system.
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Ooops...I meant "field."
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What a mess of a stadium you kids have. So glad we'll never have something like that happen in Chicago! Enjoy watching our Victory on Sunday! BEAR DOWN!
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Dave wrote:
Funny how there clearly were unsold seats at the TCF dome - and the NFL goes to great pains in normal circumstances to avoid allowing it's viewers to think that any of their valuable seats would remain unsold. I can only surmise, given the product on the field, that the fans go to the games to see the Dome not the vikings.
uuurrrrgggggghhhhhhppppooooppp ppppppppppppppppppppppp.

Sorry I had to pull your head out of your a$$ so you could better decipher what I am going to say.

Last minute notice where the game was to be played.
No guarantee that seats would even be available.
Game time was moved from originally scheduled time.
Major snowstorm going on and I repeat NO GUARANTEE SEATS WOULD BE AVAILABLE.
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The Analyst wrote:
The great news is that we now know they do not need a new stadium.
They can rent TCF Bank stadium.
Since the taxpayers paid for it, they should get the rent. After all, we're always told stadiums are investments, now is the time to get some return on the investment.
Well if you would do any research when the Gophers got their stadium the Vikings wanted to have a shared stadium with the U of M and offered to pay part of the costs. The U didn't want that, and as always the U got their way. A smaller TCF Bank Stadium was built. If the Vikings played there long term the law would have to be changed to allow alcohol sales, and ticket prices would go sky high to makeup for the loss of 14,000 seats.
There would no longer be cheap seats in the nose bleed sections.

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