I hate to disagree with this, but I grew up in Minneapolis, and the fanbase for the Vikes waxes and wanes. There's a small but ardent base for the Twins and the Wild, but the larger population is VERY fair-weather. It's a great city, but it's no longer a great NFL city like Green Bay or Buffalo. Fans come out in droves when the team is winning, Purple Pride flags everywhere, but the moment the team goes on a two-game slide, the flags go back in the trunk and attendance dwindles.
Some of this is due to the commuter stadium-- there's no atmosphere on gameday, no parking, and no tailgating like there was at the old Met (now the Mall of America)-- but the team has drifted further and further from the culture and identity of the city. There's a strong tide of indifference and even indignation toward this new stadium. The team is slumping, and a lot of people of people are growing to resent the constant threat of relocation. The deal isn't dead, yet, but it's going to be a tough sell.
Thankfully, like all fair-weather cities, all it will take is one big-splash season to change the entire disposition of the debate.
Edited by habes1280, 17 April 2012 - 06:21 PM.