The Vikings have re-launched a new version of a website designed to keep fans updated and informed on the team's quest to secure a new stadium.
The website's new look -- www.MinnesotaMomentum.com -- was unveiled Tuesday and includes information about the stadium initiative and the team's work with the Legislature.
The team's blog on Vikings.com has a story on the re-launch that can be found right here.
"Over the last several years we have heard from many of our fans who want a new stadium, who want the same great experience as people who go to the Xcel Energy Center and now the new Target Field," said Jeff Anderson, Vikings assistant director of public affairs. "These fans want to be involved in the stadium discussions and they want to be part of a solution. Knowing that, we thought it was important to re-launch the Minnesota Momentum web site to give them a place to gather information and become engaged in the effort.
"Minnesota Momentum will serve as the primary source of information on the Vikings stadium issue," Anderson continued. "The campaign seeks to educate, inform and organize fans, business and community leaders who are supportive of a stadium solution."
Vikings officials have expressed real optimism recently about the progress and momentum being made in their stadium push. The Wilf family updated other NFL owners on the situation during league meetings in Orlando two weeks ago.
“We feel that there is some positive progress in Minnesota towards a stadium resolution," Leonard Wilf said at the NFL owners meetings. "We are very pleased that somebody is paying attention to the issue and trying to move it along. The league is being updated and they will be cooperative. They feel that we’ve been one of the four laggards in getting a stadium resolution."
Vikings officials said they are optimistic that the stadium talk will heat up considerably after April 15. Judd recently reported that their optimism stems from conversations Zygi Wilf had with state leaders in January, including Gov. Tim Pawlenty, senate majority leader Larry Pogemiller and house speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher.
"More and more legislators have told the team that this issue needs to be resolved," Anderson wrote in an email. "They understand the Metrodome has reached the end of its useful life as an NFL stadium, and with just 20 games left, they understand the sense of urgency. At the same time, the State is looking for ways to boost the economy. With the current high unemployment in the construction industry and the low interest rates for bonds, 2010 is a great time for a public-private investment such as this."