As you might have heard by now, an official announcement came this morning on a Vikings stadium near the current Metrodome site -- contingent, of course, on all sorts of approval still. We'll let others handle the back-and-forth on this, but it has come to our attention from non-Minnesota friends that some terms in the proposal might need some clarifying. So here we go:
Electronic pulltab: A certain D.C.-area Vikings fan e-mailed this morning with the simple question: "The [redacted] is an electronic pulltab?" There is a very good working definition on the MLBA.com web site. The upshot is that it's basically like a regular pulltab in computerized form. Ah, but what if you aren't from around here and have no idea what a "pulltab" is, like our certain D.C.-area Vikings fan friend. "I've literally never heard of that in my entire life," he said when we tried to explain both pulltabs and electronic pulltabs. We described it to him as a type of "low-rent lottery ticket" with more winning tickets but much lower rewards. There are a certain number of winning tickets in every batch, but of course not enough to cover the overall cost.
Footprint of the Metrodome: The goal, folks said this morning, would be to play in the Dome still during the early years of construction and then one year at TCF Bank Stadium. As our guy Dan Wiederer tweeted, "Looking at downtown blueprint of this, the new stadium (when done) will occupy much of the same land where current stadium sits." Hence the "footprint" concept. No word yet if the haunted ground below the spot of Gary Anderson's field goal attempt in the NFC title game will be treated in some way.
People's Stadium: A nice term to make a billion dollar project seem more populist. But yes, the Vikings are touting the stadium as publicly owned. A press release also states: "During the three-year building process, the project will support 13,000 jobs and require nearly 4.3 million work hours with nearly $300 million of the overall costs being wages for construction workers, boosting an industry currently suffering unemployment near 20 percent."
Your additional terms, definitions and thoughts in the comments, please.