Update: Planning Commission Says No To Vikings Way
On Monday, the Minneapolis City Planning commission unanimously rejected the proposal to rename a portion of Chicago Avenue near US Bank Stadium. The big objection is that the street carries the name of the town that houses one of the Vikings' biggest rivals: the Chicago Bears.
According to the Star Tribune, the plan has drawn lots of attention from critics in recent weeks. And the commission says they don't want to set a precedent by naming a street after a particular business. The Vikings brought up the subject of the renaming of a portion of Third Avenue North near Target Field "Twins Way" when the field opened in 2010. The commission said that the portion of the street in question was basically orphaned when the stadium was built, so it needed a name.
The City Council will get the final say on this in the near future. I don't see the Vikings giving up in the fourth quarter on this one.