Friday, January 8, 2010


Eden Prairie, MN – Meet Minneapolis™, Official Convention + Visitors Association, and its Board of Directors today announced its support for a Vikings stadium solution during the 2010 Legislative Session.

“We believe the Vikings are an important asset that needs to be retained in Minnesota,” said Meet Minneapolis President & CEO Melvin Tennant. “Professional sports add to the competitiveness of the region and positively impact the hospitality industry, which is why we support the Vikings efforts to resolve this issue in 2010.”

Within the position statement, Meet Minneapolis said, “the team generates awareness, civic pride, tourism and fan visits while adding significantly to the state’s economy…therefore Meet Minneapolis™, Convention + Visitors Association, strongly supports an aggressive public discussion and action leading to a solution to the team’s facilities needs before the end of the 2010 Legislative Session.”

“We are very appreciative of Meet Minneapolis’ support of our stadium efforts,” said Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley. “The Vikings value the input of the hospitality industry and the relationship we have with them. We know this project will not move forward without the involvement of business and community leaders like Meet Minneapolis.”

ABOUT MEET MINNEAPOLIS: Meet Minneapolis is a private, not-for-profit, member based association. It actively promotes the Minneapolis area as a venue for conventions and meetings and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to bring a positive economic impact to the greater Minneapolis area.

Media Contacts: Connie Stelter for Meet Minneapolis, 612.767.8042,

Statement from Meet Minneapolis


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