Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has been attempting to get taxpayers to pay for a new stadium for some time now. The Metrodome is in horrendous shape & not long ago the roof collapsed.
The bill asking for $975M to build the new stadium was voted down on Monday & there has been rampant speculation that without a new stadium, Wilf will move the team. Presumably to Los Angeles who has been very hungry for & active in trying to bring an NFL team back to the city of angels.
The L.A. Daily News reported yesterday that a plane belonging to Wilf was spotted in an L.A. Airport.
The report also mentions a secret meeting between Roger Goodell and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
With the failure of the bill on Monday, the state now has 10 more days to either revive the bill and get a stadium deal passed or risk losing the Vikings, who intimated they will not wait until 2013 to finalize a new stadium plan in Minneapolis.
“There is no next year,” Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said.
The Vikings lease on the Metrodome also expires at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
It is entirely possible that Wilf is utilizing a bit of gamesmanship & is trying to apply pressure in order to get the bill passed. But if it fails, it appears that L.A. Is a very real possibility for relocation of the Vikings.