clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Failed Mayoral Candidate Doesn't Like Potential Vikings Stadium Location

While the majority of Minnesota residents, it seems, would be happy with a stadium that keeps the Vikings in Minnesota regardless of its location, it appears that might not be the case.

↵

There are a few people in the Ramsey County area that don't seem to be entirely on board with the new Vikings' stadium potentially ending up at the current site of the Army Ammunition Dump located at Arden Hills. The most nonsensical viewpoint of all, however, belongs to former city council member Dave McClung. McClung ran for mayor of Minneapolis this past year as well, and was soundly defeated.

↵

Here's what McClung had to say about the location.

↵

↵

↵

Dave McClung, a former city council member who ran unsuccessfully for mayor last election, said a stadium is a far cry from the mix of houses and retail shops the city has long envisioned for the site.

↵

"That never involved a huge stadium with a lot of blacktop," McClung said. "To throw 20 years worth of planning out the window because suddenly Zygi Wilf and the Vikings want to plop a stadium there is ridiculous. Sorry, that just doesn't work for me."

↵
↵

At the risk of sounding disrespectful. . .

↵

Dude, what planning?

↵

Was twenty years just not enough to execute any sort of formal plan to get something. . .anything. . .developed out in this area? Most residents that I've spoken to about the site say that its been an eyesore for years, and would seem to be quite happy to get the sort of development out in that area that the Wilf family could bring with a Vikings stadium and whatever other businesses would wind up in that area.

↵

Sounds like somebody's bitter that whatever "idea" he had for the area. . .that he just couldn't seem to get implemented over the course of two decades. . .is going to get pushed aside for what is likely a much better idea.

↵

↵

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.