Deets commenter, eric z, has come up with a creative way to get Vikings fans to pay for their own stadium: Let them gamble in their seats:
My stadium proposal is more modest than putting public money into it directly, or allowing Racino and putting proceeds into it as indirectly subsidizing it.
Wholly private sector – free market. Let Zygi build it, his dime, but then let him make book on NFL games, among those attending. He could have quarter by quarter betting on the Vikes home games, or possession by possession. A trifecta if you get the scores correct at end of each of the first three quarters.
Net yardage difference on a pair of changes of possession, with the house taking all if either team scores a touchdown or field goal.
During the week betting on injured players. Odds of a Harvin headache being a heartbreak, etc. Betting on whether the photos were really of Favre.
In half a year The Z’d recoup his costs of building the stadium, and he could make a fortune subleasing or franchising his enfranchised bookie rights to the tribes. They could even name him an honorary tribal member – something few New Jersey natives achieve in Minnesota.
Eric may be on to something there. If gambling is the only way to extract cash from the public for Zygi Wilf’s corporate welfare project, extracting that from gambling Vikings fans makes sense.