Need more hard evidence the Minnesota Vikings could really use a new stadium?
Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune breaks down some interesting numbers that shows just how hard the franchise was hit at the ticket window this past season when it was forced to scramble for its final two regular-season game because of the collapse of the Metrodome roof.
The Metrodome is an outdated multi-use facility that doesn’t have the luxury suites that the newer NFL stadiums have, the boxes that generate huge profits for owners. According to Hartman, the Vikings had $57.5 million in total ticket revenue in 2009 when they played eight regular-season games, two preseason games and a divisional playoff game at home against the Dallas Cowboys. Back out the playoff money, and the team had $50.3 million in ticket revenue.
That number dropped to $41.4 million this past season when they played one home game at Ford Field in Detroit and moved another to TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota. It remains to be seen if insurance money will help make up for some of the difference for the team. Per Hartman, there is a large deductible the team must pay.
But the greater point here is the Vikings need a new stadium. They’ve played in the Metrodome for three decades and it’s time to get an updated stadium.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune