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Barb Goodwin Wants to Know Who Feels Which Way on Vikings Stadium

The state senator representing part of Fridley is on a panel hearing the bill Wednesday morning.

One of the two state senators representing Fridley is in the Vikings-stadium hot seat Wednesday morning, and she is asking for last-minute opinions.

Barb Goodwin (DFL-50) is a member of the Senate Finance committee that will hear the stadium bill (S.F. 2391—here's a summary) Wednesday at 9 a.m. The hearing appears to be the bill's last stop before a vote by the full Senate—if it passes the committee. 

Watch livestream video of the committee meeting at Fridley Patch starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday (via The UpTake).

Goodwin emailed an appeal for input on the issue Tuesday, after the stadium bill on a .

Here is the email, as posted at e-democracy's Mpls-Issues Discussion List:

From: "Sen.Barb Goodwin" <email obscured>
Date: April 24, 2012 5:14:00 PM CDT
Subject: Vikings Stadium

The Vikings Stadium bill will be up in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday morning and most likely on the senate floor Wed. or Thurs.

I want to get a recent read on who supports it and who doesn't and why.

Please take a moment to let me know your opinion. Also, I'd like to know why you support or oppose.

Thank you.

Barb Goodwin, State Senator

Goodwin's Senate webpage offers an email form for contacting her, as well as listing her office phone: 651-296-4334.

Wayne Buckley April 25, 2012 at 08:45 AM
Get the stadium deal done, big time cities and states do big things in order to stay on top.
Greg Leaon April 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I'm a huge Minnesota Vikings Fan and don't want them to leave our state. They have been a part of our culture here in Minnesota for over 50 years and would be a shame and embarrassing if we lost them. It would cost more to the tax payers later down the road if we had to bring in another NFL franchise. In addition, there are numerous fans that live in N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin that attend home games each season. I personally would rather get rid of the Timberwolves, Twins, and Wild, before I would get rid of the Vikings. Mall of America Field is also very old, outdated, and below par compared to other stadiums around the NFL. I vote “YES” on a new stadium. Thank you. Greg in Fridley, MN
Chris Steller (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Watch Sen. Goodwin and her colleagues in action on livestream video here, starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday: http://patch.com/A-sH7Z Thanks for the comments John, Greg and Wayne. If you could change one thing about the bill (besides the outcome), what would it be?
Rebecca Grant April 25, 2012 at 05:15 PM
I hate to see a big business like the Vikings or any other professional sports team hold a city hostage for the cost of an elaborate stadium. At the same time, it would be a shame to see the Vikings move to L.A........and they very well could. Those who don't think they would are living in denial. Seriously, the owners don't care where they play as long as they can sell tickets! The Cleveland Browns did it. So did the Baltimore Colts. It was devastating to their fans, and it would be devastating to the Vikings fans and the city, too. I lived in Cleveland when the Browns left. It was awful to see. They fought so hard to retain the name and the colors, and they had to wait a few years to get another team, and all the Browns statistics stayed with the Ravens.....which sucked! And Cleveland STILL had to build a new stadium to get another team anyway. So suck it up, Twin Cities!
Casey April 25, 2012 at 05:56 PM
this deal makes economic and social sense, no one is really paying anything all monies are returned and we get to help charities and add to our general fund. Arguments against are stupid, uneducated, and have to do with personal agendas. I saw a poll from 2 years ago and 80% favored a new stadium, it is the will of the people.
Jesse Regan April 25, 2012 at 06:08 PM
This needs to pass. If the Vikings leave this will be a disaster for the area. Please do whatever you can to get this bill passed.
Jesse Regan April 25, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Yeah they said that same thing in Cleavland too. John it seems you have a very narrow-minded view on the Viking's stadium. Do you understand the economic ramifications if they leave? The Vikings are by far and away the most popular team in the state (for any sport). Did you know that 27% of season ticket holders are from out of state? Do you know how many jobs are created by building this stadium? Do you know how much revenue is generated for local business each year from the Vikings alone? The sad part is, if this gets shut down by the legislature and the Vikings do leave. I can guarantee you they will build another stadium eventually and beg the NFL for a new team. Going from this poll alone it looks like the vast majority understands this, so let's hope this gets done and the Vikings are here for many years to come!
Chris Steller (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Please keep the comments coming—but please keep them civil. You can make your points without attacking others. Check our Terms of Use (http://fridley.patch.com/terms); comments that clearly cross the line will get deleted along with the point you took the trouble to make. Thank you.
Chris Steller (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I haven't heard Sen. Goodwin make comments or ask a question yet (did I miss it?), but she did just cast a "Yes" vote with the losing side in an amendment to follow rather than override the Minneapolis City Charter's requirement for a referendum.
Chris Steller (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 08:58 PM
The vote was 11-3 to add racino to the stadium bill. Didn't hear how Goodwin voted.
Betty Christensen April 25, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I think the racino is an excellent idea. I would use it before I would go to an American Indian based casino. Indian based casino's don't pay out because there is no competition. They have the bucks to block one though. So sad. There is a lot of money to be made for the stadium if they included racino's. People who gamble will gamble no matter what so it is not contributing to someone's addiction.
John Bjorback April 26, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I believe the vikings should stay. Some of the finacial suport should come from racinos, slots allowed in race tracks. The monoply the indian tribes have is a very bad thing. Why should one group of people be given such an advantage? If we have gambling in the state the benefits should be for the state as a whole. Their money is too dominate in the legislature and is preventing the use of gambling money from being used for a new vikings statium.

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