Get the stadium deal moving

first_imgGet the stadium deal movingThere are many ideas for a new Viking’s stadium, but nobody’s acted on them. David SteinbergSeptember 28, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintBy now everyone has heard something about the issues surrounding a new VikingâÄôs stadium âÄî although there are now so many possibilities of what that âÄúsomethingâÄù could be that itâÄôs hard to keep track.Will it be in Minneapolis? Arden Hills? What about the new roof and turf that was just installed at the Metrodome? And what will the team do in the interim once the lease has expired while waiting for a new venue to be established? These are just some of the questions weâÄôve heard at this point, with few corresponding answers.With the state government shutdown still in the rearview mirror, politicians keep pushing this issue down the road. However, with the Metrodome lease expiration looming this coming February, they must make decisions soon.Both the Vikings management and the state government have stated that Arden Hills is their priority. Yet how this endeavor will be paid for is still unknown. A Ramsey County estimate would ask for $407 million from the Vikings, $300 million from the state and $350 million from the county through an increased sales tax. But questions persist about whether the public, including those with no interest in the team, should have to pay for a new stadium. Complicating things, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson wrote a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton requesting $30.5 million from the state for what the city of Minneapolis has done to preserve the Metrodome throughout its 30 years. While R.T. Rybak is not against the Arden Hills proposal and Dayton is not against the repayment to Minneapolis, no decisions have been made.Someone must act on these ideas âÄî and soon âÄî to create a viable option for all parties. Otherwise, the only option might be another one that has been floating around for a while: complete team relocation. David Steinberg welcomes comments at [email protected]last_img read more

This Week In CSU Athletics

first_imgA LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENINGMEN’S BASKETBALLThe Vikings will open the 2017-18 season with a 7:00 pm contest at Akron on Saturday (Nov. 11) as part of the NE Ohio Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. It will be the regular season debut of Dennis Felton as head coach of the Vikings.CSU defeated Cedarville, 78-60, on Thursday night in the lone exhibition game of the preseason.Kenny Carpenter led the Vikings with 16 points, adding three rebounds, while Tyree Appleby scored 15 points off the bench, hitting 3-of-4 from three-point. He added four rebounds and five assists.WOMEN’S BASKETBALLCleveland State will officially open the 2017-18 season this weekend, hosting Ball State at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11.The Vikings will be under the direction of 15-year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad, and return nine letterwinners including four starters.Last week, the Vikings picked up a 65-55 victory in an exhibition against Muskingum, led by Ashanti Abshaw (17 pts, 6 rbs) and Khayla Livingston (11 pts, 6 asts).CROSS COUNTRYThe Vikings will close out the 2017 season this week, traveling to Terre Haute, Indiana for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Friday, November 10.Cleveland State is coming off one of their best finishes in program history at the Horizon League Championship, as they finished fourth as a team with a pair of All-League runners in Karen Barrientos and Anna Brandt.FENCINGCleveland State competed at the Ohio State’s Elite Invitational Duals over the weekend. Facing multiple Big Ten and Ivy League opponents, the CSU men went 0-5 while the women were 0-6.Freshman Declan Forth led the CSU men with seven wins on the weekend while senior Sarah Mok held her own with a 10-8 record against six opponents.MEN’S SOCCERCleveland State (6-9-2, 4-3-2 HL), the fifth seed, travels to fourth-seeded Wright State for a Horizon League first round match Monday, Nov. 6, at 7:00 pm.The Vikings lost their lone match last week, as a 1-0 lead evaporated when Detroit Mercy made two penalty kicks in the final 10 minutes. Jordan Ianiro scored his first career goal in the setback.MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVINGCleveland State has the upcoming week off before hosting the sixth annual Magnus Cup the following weekend.CSU posted a come-from-behind 178.5-174.5 dual win over Green Bay, as the Vikings clinched on the final event.Freshman Lee Moffett won the 500 and 1650 freestyle at the meet while classmate Matt Akers swept the diving events.WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVINGCleveland State has the upcoming week off before hosting the sixth annual Magnus Cup the following weekend.The Vikings picked up wins over Green Bay (188-165) and Marshall (184-166) while hosting a double dual.Junior Molly McNamara swept the butterfly events and swam on two winning relays while the CSU women also took the top five spots in the 100 breaststroke.MEN’S TENNISCleveland State closed out the fall season with the Viking Invitational last weekend, with Nico Mostardi capturing the singles title and Mostardi and Matthew Terry winning the main doubles draw.Terry and Mostardi both finished the fall slate with a team-best 12 singles wins, while Luke Phillips notched 10 wins during the fall season.The Vikings will open their spring season at Ohio State on January 20.WOMEN’S TENNISThe Vikings wrapped up their fall slate last weekend, participating in the WMU Super Challenge.Aleksandra Golawska and Isabella Spindler both finished the fall season with six singles wins, while Golawska is also just one win shy of earning spot in the top-10 on the CSU Singles Wins List.VOLLEYBALLCleveland State (18-7, 11-3) will close out the regular season with a pair of matches this week, traveling to Northern Kentucky on Wednesday (November 8) and hosting Green Bay on Friday (November 10).The Vikings enter the final week of the regular season on an eight-match winstreak and in first place in the Horizon League standings.Friday’s match against Green Bay will be Senior Night, as the Vikings will honor the quartet of Gina Kilner, Shannon Grega, Katie Mihalik, and Alexis Middlebrooks prior to first serve.WRESTLINGCleveland State continues its season this Saturday, Nov. 11, at the EMU Open.Redshirt senior Nick Corba went 5-1 at the Clarion Open over the weekend to place third at 184 pounds.Junior John Vaughn won four matches, including upsetting a seeded Big Ten opponent.VIKING OF THE WEEKNico Mostardi | So. | Men’s TennisDefended his Viking Invitational Singles Title after going 5-0 on the weekend. Was also part of the Viking Invitational Championship doubles team with Matthew Terry. Finished the fall season with a team-best 12 singles wins.OTHER TOP PERFORMERSAshanti Abshaw | Jr. | Women’s Basketball Scored 17 points with six rebounds in exhibition win on Wednesday night.Tyree Appleby | Fr. | Men’s Basketball Tallied 15 points, four rebounds and five assists in CSU’s exhibition win on Thursday night.Lee Moffett | Fr. | Men’s SwimmingWon the 500 and 1650 freestyle in a dual meet win over Green BayShannon Grega | Sr. | VolleyballAveraged 5.50 digs in CSU’s two wins last week, including career-high 26 in first place showdown victory over Oakland.John Vaughn | Jr. | WrestlingWon four matches at Clarion Open, including a victory over the fifth-seeded 165-pounder from Indiana.THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULEMonday, Nov. 6Men’s Soccer at Wright State, 7:00 pm (Horizon League First Round)Wednesday, Nov. 8Volleyball at Northern Kentucky, 6:00 pmFriday, Nov. 10Cross Country at Great Lakes NCAA Regional, 11:00 amVolleyball hosts Green Bay, 6:00 pmSaturday, Nov. 11Wrestling at EMU Open, 9:00 amWomen’s Basketball hosts Ball State, 1:00 pmMen’s Basketball at Akron, 7:00 pmThis week is CSU Athletics was provided to NEOSI by Greg Murphy Related TopicsCSU Vikings Vince McKeelast_img read more