Vikings object to name of street outside U.S. Bank Stadium
The Minnesota Vikings are poised to move into their brand new environs when U.S. Bank Stadium opens in advance of the 2016 NFL season. But the organization has argued that it is acceptable that a street running in front of the team’s lavish $1 billion-plus pro football palace bear the name of a city one of its fiercest rivals calls home.
The Vikings, making good on a plan first suggested in February, on Wednesday formally objected to the fact that Chicago Avenue — which of course is the hometown of the Bears — borders the stadium.
“The Minnesota Vikings strongly object to having the street running in front of the stadium named after one of its opponents and neighboring rival,” reads a formal request to the City of Minneapolis to rename the street, per a Star Tribune report.
The application notes that the city agreed to rename a street that runs near Target Field to “Twins Way,” when the Minnesota MLB team’s new ballpark opened in 2010.
The Vikings appear open to following that style as the organization has requested a section of Chicago Avenue be renamed “Vikings Way.” Makes sense.
As noted in the report, Chicago Avenue — its name since the 19th century — technically has two names, as it also is called “Kirby Puckett Place” in honor of the Twins icon and the Metrodome that used to stand where U.S. Bank currently dominates the Minneapolis skyline.Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson stated previously that the new street name would “honor and celebrate Vikings history in this part of downtown.” Indeed. It’s not like there’s a Minnesota Way or a Minneapolis Boulevard running around Soldier Field in Chicago, right?
Or maybe there is. It just seems pretty silly to waste time bothering to check on it, right?