The problem is, new stadiums are expensive and Minnesota is facing a $6.2 billion budget deficit.
But there is a solution that I think would work. I just don’t know how much the people of Minnesota will like it. Oh well. Here goes.
We, the people of North Dakota, should build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings, and we should build it somewhere west of the Red River. I’m thinking somewhere west of Fargo near a good Interstate 94 exit.
Here are my reasons we should consider this:
- North Dakota has a nice budget surplus and could afford to build a big stadium. Having the games here would also mean more economic growth for North Dakota.
- The Vikings are the de facto professional football team of North Dakota.Â In Minnesota, Â the people are divided between the Green Bay Packers and the Vikings, but here,Â the people areÂ nearly all Vikings fans.Â It’s to the point that whenever I wear my K-State purple, people think I’m just another Vikings fan. I know several people around here who make multiple trips over to Minnesota every fall to watch the Vikings play. This would make it very easy for them to watch their team.
- We have plenty of good roads from the Twin Cities leading to North Dakota, so all the fans in Minnesota could easily follow their team over here. I-94 could just be one big purple convoy every game day.
- The New York Giants play football in New Jersey. The Washington Redskins play football in Maryland. The Vikings would hardly be the first team to play home games outside of their namesake location.
- I remember a Minnesota columnist saying not too long ago that his state should try to annex North Dakota so it can take our budget surplus to help cancel out their budget deficit. I think this is the perfect response.
If Minnesota won’t go for this plan, there’s a way we could compromise. North Dakota would pay for about half of the newÂ stadium’s cost, but it would have to be built in Moorhead, Minn. At least this way, we won’t have so far to drive to watch a game. Also, it would mean a lot of potential business for Fargo restaurants and hotels and more sales tax revenue for the state. We could put that extra revenue toward property tax cuts, if we desire.
And if those options still aren’t good enough for the people of Minnesota,Â then that’s too bad.Â I’m out of ideas. You folks are on your own.
And try not to take this too seriously.