Most stadium fans work, opponents don’t

In preparation for today’s legislative hearing on sites for a possible Vikings stadium, the advocacy group urged stadium supporters to show up at the Capitol and to urge their legislators to push for public subisidies for the stadium.

Says a posting on the group’s website:

As with any public hearing we do expect to hear from opposition on a Vikings stadium and given the time slot, the advantage goes to opponents. We typically see those who are unemployed or on a fixed income advocating against a new stadium because the government isn’t giving them enough. All while the majority of the Vikings 2.5 million fans are working.

Another legislative hearing on the stadium, to consider public financing options, is scheduled for Dec. 6.

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Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by chuck holtman on 11/29/2011 - 11:30 am.

    It is deeply depressing to think that ordinary people are walking around with brains operating at this sort of infantile level.

  2. Submitted by David Greene on 11/29/2011 - 11:35 am.

    Uh huh. As this opponent sits at work waiting for some software builds to finish.

    Wish I could have been at the hearing today.

  3. Submitted by Gary Miller on 11/29/2011 - 11:55 am.


  4. Submitted by Joey White on 11/29/2011 - 01:11 pm.

    What an unbelievably ignorant statement to make.

  5. Submitted by Tim Walker on 11/29/2011 - 01:52 pm.

    That’s just:

    1. Mean.

    2. Uncalled for.

    3. Wrong.

    Verdict: FAIL.

    Hey, Next time come, bring facts, m’kay?

  6. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 11/29/2011 - 02:00 pm.

    “2.5 million fans are working” I had to go look at their web site to see that they really put out that statement. Wow. As a stadium supporter, I want to say to, please be quiet. You’re not helping.

  7. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 11/29/2011 - 02:02 pm.

    On second thought, could the people at really be secret agents for stadium developers in LA? That would explain the statement.

  8. Submitted by J E Strader on 11/29/2011 - 04:17 pm.

    Epic FAIL — what more to say?

  9. Submitted by Zoey Mann on 11/29/2011 - 05:15 pm.

    I cannot believe someone would say that. It’s patently false. Besides that, if it were factual that they are all working and those opposing the stadium are not, then doesn’t it make sense for those who can afford it should pay for the stadium?

  10. Submitted by Andy Chuck on 11/30/2011 - 08:59 am.

    Take it easy. Yes, these comments were a little uncalled for. However, I believe what the site’s founder was basing it on was the demographics at the Ramsey county public hearings, which both him and I were at. A majority of the opponents were age 65 or older, and some stressed that they were on fixed incomes and could not afford the half cent sales tax option to fund Ramsey county’s share. Due to the overwhelming opposition to the sales tax, it has since been taken off the table.
    I don’t agree with what was posted, and I knew right when I read it that he would get a lot of heat for it. However, it isn’t any worse of a stereotype than I see about stadium supporters, that we are all a bunch of “drunken face painters”. Most of us are educated, working adults. Before you back his site, realize that it is a good site dedicated to keeping the Vikings in Minnesota, and finding a reasonable solution to doing it. Whatever your stance on this issue, he should be commended for organizing supporters and expressing his beliefs. Isn’t that one of the foundations of democracy?

  11. Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 11/30/2011 - 09:04 pm.

    Sorry Andrew (#10), but more than a little uncalled for – I’d say arrogant, mean-spirited, and false.

    You said that “some stressed that they were on fixed incomes and could not afford the half cent sales tax option”, but he said “because the government isn’t giving them enough”. VERY different comments.

    Organizing supporters and expressing beliefs may be one of the foundations of democracy, but disparaging the motive of the opposition with lies is not.

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