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07:23 AM ET 01.13 | Tick-tock. A last-minute legal challenge to Monday's planned sale of bonds for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium could keep the field from opening in 2016. At a hastily called news conference on Sunday, state officials said the sale of $468 million of stadium bonds had been unexpectedly halted. Stadium leaders hope the Minnesota Supreme Court will rule quickly on issues raised in a Friday afternoon filing with the court, but said even a two-week delay in the bond sale could add a year to the stadium's ambitious construction schedule. "Major problems will result from any significant delay," Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, said Sunday. ... The authority will own and operate the $1 billion stadium slated to open in July 2016 on the Metrodome site.

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January 13, 2014  08:22 AM ET

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority..............Just what they need. More government salaries and pensions to suck up more tax money.

January 13, 2014  08:27 AM ET

After all, it's what the taxpayers wanted, right?

January 13, 2014  08:54 AM ET

It sounds like they're already locked into an unrealistically tight construction schedule. If a 2 week delay at the front end, before you've even bought a shovel for the ceremonial first earth turning, means that the whole project is in trouble, well, yeah, the whole project is in trouble.

January 13, 2014  08:58 AM ET

And then, there's the problem of what to do about a quarterback in 2014.

January 13, 2014  09:16 AM ET

will anyone notice...will anyone care???

January 13, 2014  09:20 AM ET

AP will play about a year in the new stadium if that and want to get the hell outta town.

January 13, 2014  09:28 AM ET

To be fair, there are certainly milestone dates that have to be met in order for them to be able to move into the stadium for the season. I'm thinking that things like ticket/suite sales, signage, sponsorships, etc. have to be confirmed by "x" date or else they'll have to stay at the college stadium for another year. It's not like a 2 week delay on the front end will delay the actual completion by a year.

And don't forget that they probably can't do outdoor construction in Minnesota 12 months a year.

January 13, 2014  09:29 AM ET

The longer this is delayed, the longer it'll be before new memories can be created at home. They'll just have to keep making them on the road.

Vikings @ Cardinals - 2003

January 13, 2014  09:52 AM ET

You don't read about a waiting list for season tickets in Minnesota, so this must be about more luxury boxes for the owner to sell and corporate sponsors for the new stadium.

January 13, 2014  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

will anyone notice...will anyone care???

When visiting teams are told to bring their skates, they may get the idea that something's not going according to plan.

January 13, 2014  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You don't read about a waiting list for season tickets in Minnesota, so this must be about more luxury boxes for the owner to sell and corporate sponsors for the new stadium.

That's all new stadiums are about, period. Regular ticket revenues are shared, but luxury box revenues are kept by the team's owner.

January 13, 2014  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The longer this is delayed, the longer it'll be before new memories can be created at home. They'll just have to keep making them on the road. Vikings @ Cardinals - 2003

Cruel. But funny. Thanks.

January 13, 2014  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

And then, there's the problem of what to do about a quarterback in 2014.

I think Matt Cassel showed enough to be the backup next season.

January 13, 2014  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Cruel. But funny. Thanks.

As long as I'm stuck with this avatar, I have more.




Much more...

January 13, 2014  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I think Matt Cassel showed enough to be the backup next season.

I think Matt Cassel has been consistently showing that he's a capable backup since he broke into the league. That one season with New England is more about just how good a coach Hoodie is rather than anything Matt can bring to the table.

January 13, 2014  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I think Matt Cassel has been consistently showing that he's a capable backup since he broke into the league. That one season with New England is more about just how good a coach Hoodie is rather than anything Matt can bring to the table.

Notice though that I didn't even reference the other two QB's they had on their roster.

January 13, 2014  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I think Matt Cassel showed enough to be the backup next season.

Check one off the list.

January 13, 2014  01:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I think Matt Cassel showed enough to be the backup next season.

Yup. They should vote for a Pro Bowl clipboard holder, too. Tough to choose between Orton and Cassel.

January 13, 2014  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

As long as I'm stuck with this avatar, I have more. Much more...

Ah, that's why. Would a picture of Lagertha or Ragnar qualify?

 
January 13, 2014  01:30 PM ET

Laugh, who did you lose a betto OBD ?

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