old#63 wrote:Hinsa wrote:old#63 wrote:Can anybody give me the low down on why something couldn't have been worked out to build a new football facility that would have worked for both the Gophers and the Vikings. I just don't see why that wasn't looked at harder as an option.
Gophers wanted an on campus facility of their own and had to think smaller than the Vikings wanted. The Vikings want their own fancy-shmancy stadium and didn't want to play on the U of M campus. So they just didn't want to share a stadium any more.
I just think that when both of these entities are dependent on taxpayer support to fund their operations, that would have been a resonable compromise. If they had pooled resources just imagine the grandness of what they could have built. What good are these facilities besides playing football in? Don't any other pro teams share stadiums with colleges?
There are a few like Pitt and the steelers. Miami and the Dolphins. South Florida and the Bucs. San Diego State and the Chargers. So 5 of the 32 teams share a stadium with college teams. I would hope that being on campus was the reason the Vikings didn't want to share with the Gophers, because although NFL stadiums are nicer with their extra stuff, college stadiums are bigger and sometimes can be just as nice.