Vikes to Promote Stadium Effort

The Vikings are taking their stadium push seriously ... and on the road.

The Vikings and the University of Minnesota are taking their stadium push beyond simply preparing plans for the State Legislature. They're taking their stadium push on the road.

Vikings representatives will be at several large-market sites around Minnesota to extoll the virtues of a new stadium. In an election year, stadiums have become a campaign issue and the Vikings are taking the initiative to let opponents and proponents of their stadium plan find out the team's viewpoint.

VU has been told a four-city tour has been planned, starting with Rochester tomorrow, Fargo-Moorhead on Wednesday, Duluth July 22 and St. Cloud July 23.

The Vikings have made a cogent argument for a stadium. Now they're taking it to the people (voters) in hopes of letting Minnesota know what a new stadium means to the state and, in essence, what keeping the Vikings means.

* VU would like to congratulate Mike and Gretchen Kelly on the birth of their son Cormac.
* The Vikes are set up to get some nice compensatory picks in next year's draft over free agents lost, but there are still several Vikings who have been cut loose that remain unsigned, including Ed McDaniel, Orlando Thomas, Gary Anderson and Nate Jacquet.

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