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Erwin R. Rud, Published January 02 2011

Fans should unite to fund stadium

There still are too many Green Bay Packer fans in the Minnesota Legislature to expect any decent proposal for a Vikings stadium. The last time they laughed at the Vikings was the hot air balloon funding of the Metrodome in 1981. More laughter is heard each time that eyesore collapses.

A new Vikings world-class domed stadium, site of future Super Bowls and other such super events, can be funded with a public corporation of fans buying the stock. Minnesota has a current population of about

5.3 million and at least another 5.3 million Vikings loyalists. With 10 percent of those 11.6 million Viking fans buying an average of $200 in stock, $230 million would be available for the NFL and Vikings owners to co-fund a stadium.

More likely, the average per-fan stock purchase would be well over $1,000 for a $1 billion world-class domed stadium.

A plan like this would ignore tax-free legislators trying to calculate a way to pay for state government. This plan would provide jobs while constructing a world-class stadium. It would jump-start the economy using the basic tools of free enterprise.