Friday, February 10, 2012
Vikings stadium: Season ticket question*
By Kevin Seifert
The expiration of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium lease hasn't generated the kind of widespread chaos that it could have, mostly because the NFL ruled out relocation for 2012. But the Vikings still don't have a home stadium for 2012, a fact that has grown in relevance now that other teams are beginning to put season tickets up for sale.
The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions have already issued season ticket prices for 2012. But via Twitter, @Shea_Carr wrote: "How could [Vikings fans] get renewal invoices when they have no idea what's going to happen with a stadium?"
Indeed, as political leaders haggle over proposed stadium sites and financing plans, there remain two legitimate possibilities for a Vikings home schedule that will start in seven months. One is the Metrodome, where the Vikings would play if an alternate site is chosen -- or if no agreement occurs at all during the 2012 session. The other is the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, which would house the Vikings for three years if the new stadium is built on the Metrodome site.
Differences in capacity and luxury suite arrangements between the two stadiums presumably would require separate season ticket packages. That's one of many reasons the Vikings are pursuing every alternative to playing at TCF Bank Stadium.
I've reached out to Vikings officials in an effort to address @Shea_Carr's question. The lease expiration is the Vikings' primary leverage point in negotiations, and I don't think they would want to compromise it by sending out season ticket invoices until they actually have a confirmed stadium to sell seats for. I'll fill you in as soon as I know something myself.
*Update: Steve LaCroix, vice president of sales and marketing, said Friday the team will update the situation next week.