Vikings' stadium supporters hold final 'eRally'

11:27 PM, Apr 20, 2010   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Vikings' stadium supporters say it's '4th and goal' to keep the team here in Minnesota. The group SavetheVikes.org held their final 'eRally' on their website Tuesday evening.

The grassroots fan group has held previous rallies broadcasted online as they argue there's never been a better opportunity to solve the team's stadium situation -- given there are two Racino-related bills making their way through the legislature.

"I think it's important that people understand that were saying those that use benefits should pay. It's not just a general state tax, " said Vikings Public Relations Assistant Jeff Anderson.

Still, stadium opponents say the time is not right and the money is not there.

"They're doing it at exactly the wrong moment, I think the appetite in the public right now is not to throw money at what is at the end of the day, recreation, we don't have enough for education (and) we certainly don't have enough for healthcare," said David Strom from the MN Free Market Institute.

Tuesday's eRally featured hosts Natalie Kane, along with SavetheVikes.org founder Cory Merrifield. The duo talked with Racino legislative leaders former Senate Minority leader Dick Day and Representative Tom Hackbarth. They also interviewed former Viking Bob Lurtsema and several other public figures.

Last week, Governor Tim Pawlenty said it was 'unlikely' but 'possible' that the Vikings would land a stadium deal this legislative session. The session ends May 17th.

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