With the snow-riven Metrodome as now as deflated as the Vikings’ fan base, talk of the need for a new venue for the team has begun anew. And at least one man sees an opportunity for Duluth to make a play for the purple and gold.
Perhaps prophetically, Christian Anderson sent the following e-mail to members of the Duluth City Council last week, in advance of the snowstorm that pummeled the Cities and took down the dome…
From: Christian Anderson
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 3:11 AM
HI, my name is Christian Anderson.Â I”m a potential future resident of Duluth, and see much potential for future progression and population growth for Duluth.Â As you could see in my subject heading for this e-mail, a Minnesota Vikings franchise location change is something I believe could be an integral component to putting this beautiful port city on the map.Â Imagine national broadcasts coming back from commercial break to show television audiences vistas of the lake, shipping traffic, the skyline, etc.!Â Maybe the best location could be at the waterfront location furthest to the southwest, where the city is currently considering public space options.
The current ownership of the NFL franchise is not making progress in rebuilding in the Twin Cities.Â I honestly see this as a great opportunity to bring distinction, and direct massive employment and gigantic amounts of tourist spending toward Duluth.
Obviously if this was easy, all of Duluth would fall head-over-healsÂ with this proposal.Â I feel that the city could serve itself well by establishing tax revenue for itself through the improvements in the waterfront district.Â A possible paddleboat or ship replica casino near Bayfront Park could help, as well as many other ideas.
Another idea I have for giving Duluth a “cool” factor would be to do what it takes in order to establish a downtown UMD campus.Â If a deal could be struck with the university to expand itself within or near the downtown core, I believe that it would encourage the kind of population that seeks a wide array of entertainment options downtown.
Clearly, Mr. Anderson isn’t afraid to dream big.
What do you think of his proposal that Duluth attempt to woo NFL football to town?
I still recall Duluth’s unsuccessful attempt to wrest the Viking’s preseason training camp away from Mankato several years ago.
Could the city hope for a better outcome now that the team’s fortunes on the field have crumbled? And would local residents be ready to bear some of the financial burden of a new stadium in return for the economic activity it would generate? Could be a tough sell. Please give us your two cents on this one…