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Vikings At Odds With Sports Facilities Authority Over Baseball Specifics For New Stadium
Published January 28, 2013
THE FUTURE OF THE NFL STADIUM: NFL Exec VP/Business Ventures Eric Grubman said that the next generation of NFL stadiums "could be markedly different than the ones we now know." He envisions "smaller and more intimate venues, possibly more like basketball arenas, with standing-room-only clubs at the corners." Grubman: "What if a new stadium we built wasn't 70,000, but it was 40,000 seats with 20,000 standing room? But the standing room was in a bar-type environment with three sides of screens, and one side where you see the field. Completely connected. And in those three sides of screens, you not only got every piece of NFL content, including replays, Red Zone (Channel), and analysis, but you got every other piece of news and sports content that you would like to have if you were at home." He added, "Now you have the game, the bar and social setting, and you have the content. What's that ticket worth? What's that environment feel like to a young person? Where do you want to be? Do you want to be in that seat, or do you want to be in that pavilion?" (L.A. TIMES, 1/27).