Metrodome deflation disaster: The top five reasons to build a new stadium for the Vikings

Growing up in Minnesota , the Metrodome inevitably trumped all other destinations for family day trips. "The house that Puckett built" served as Minnesota 's Mecca for sport spectacle, pageantry, tradition and humble hero worship, as well as a glorious menu of ballpark offerings. Even more memorably, the Dome housed a pair of dramatic World Series Championships and many of the greatest moments in Minnesota sport history, such as Puckett's Game Six grab, endlessly emulated by yours truly. Nonetheless, the Twins have since successfully moved locations to picturesque Target Field, while the Vikings desperately need to follow suit in light of the Dome's ominous collapse. Let us now examine my personal list of the five most compelling reasons (economic considerations aside) for a new professional football stadium in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

The Times They Are A Changing: In the immortal words of Minnesota 's favored son, the Metrodome is simply past its prime. The stadium invariably lacks the fan-friendly and revenue-friendly amenities of modern venues, presents a sub-par playing surface, and has lost much of its luster as part of the Cities' landscape. The Dome was originally designed for multi-team use, an increasingly outdated practice. With the emergence of TCF Stadium and Target Field, the Metrodome simply seems impractical for hosting merely the Vikings.

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Breaking Ground: A new stadium would allow the franchise to forge a new chapter in Vikings' lore, by creating a venue exclusively catering to the team's financial well-being and competitive identity. Minnesota should offer a fan experience similar to division rivals, Chicago and Green Bay , while accentuating the Cities' climate, team's history, and Norseman culture.

Vikings Voodoo: In addition, Vikings' fans have been mercilessly subjected to a laundry-list of disappointing defeats and legendary letdowns throughout the team's Super Bowl-less history. Severing ties with the Dome may prove an exorcising exercise for the team's future championship aspirations.

Safety First: Structurally, the Dome's collapse ominously signals the stadium's significant safety concerns. Similar snow-induced deflations have occurred in the past, while posing as a seemingly obvious threat to the team's schedule, fans, and team, given Minnesota 's relentless winters. In a remarkable turn-of-events, snow emerges as heavier than air.

Escape from L.A.: A new stadium would end speculation regarding a potential move to Los Angeles . In my opinion, the rumors serve as merely a leveraging ploy to push Minnesota taxpayers to foot the ballpark's bill. Regardless, the future security of Vikings' football in the Cities would prove priceless to diehard fans of the Purple and Gold.

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Updated Wednesday, Dec 15, 2010