Grant getting street named in his honor

Legendary Vikings coach Bud Grant will have a street outside the new stadium named after him.

One of the things that immortalizes sporting greats is that they get streets named after them. Anyone old enough to remember Metropolitan Stadium knew that is sat alongside Killebrew Drive. Anyone who has been to Lambeau Field knows that several streets around the stadium are named after the fabled players and coaches that made the team legendary.

As construction continues on the new Vikings stadium, the City of Minneapolis announced Monday that a street near the Vikings stadium will be named in honor of Hall of Fame Vikings coach Bud Grant.

The section of Ninth Avenue South between Sixth Street and Seventh Street will be named “Bud Grant Way” in honor of the legendary coach.

In a statement released by Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, he paid tribute to Grant’s legacy and contribution to the organization.

“As we prepare to open the future home of Vikings football, it is appropriate to dedicate a street near the new stadium to the most prominent individual in Vikings history,” Wilf said. “Coach Grant epitomizes everything the Vikings stand for and we are extremely proud that the City of Minneapolis is advocating for this recognition.”

Grant’s legacy in Minnesota had long since been cemented. As a former basketball player for the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers, Grant became a coaching legend in the CFL before being lured by Max Winter to coach the Vikings when things went south with head coach Norm Van Brocklin. Grant’s impact on the franchise was almost immediate.

In his 18 seasons as head coach, Grant compiled a regular-season record of 158-96-5, won 11 division titles, one NFL Championship and four appearances in the Super Bowl. He was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994, making him the first person to be selected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canadian Football Hall of Fame, which had inducted him 11 years earlier.

The street will replace what is currently known as Carew Drive, named after Twins Hall of Famer Rod Carew. When the Twins vacated the Metrodome for Target Field, Carew Drive was moved to a location adjacent to Target Field.

The Minneapolis City Council has been pushing the dedication of the street in Grant’s honor for the last several months and the final vote for approval will be made at the council’s Dec. 12 meeting.

The street dedication will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the site of the future Grant Way on Ninth Avenue South. Expected to speak are Grant, Vikings ironman Jim Marshall and Vikings President Mark Wilf.


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