The Minnesota Vikings erased a "Go Packers" statement which Wisconsin governor Scott Walker wrote on a steel beam which will be a part of the Vikings' new stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings are having none of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's antics.
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The Vikings erased a "Go Packers" statement which Walker wrote on one of the steel beams for their new stadium, ESPN Minnesota Vikings reporter Ben Goessling:
"The Minnesota Vikings' new stadium is quickly rising on the east end of downtown Minneapolis, but construction workers still have plenty of time to tend to the little things -- like erasing a pro-Green Bay Packers message that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tried to slip into the stadium.
"While making a campaign visit to River Steel in West Salem, Wisconsin, Walker signed a steel beam that was being fabricated for the Vikings' stadium, also writing 'Go Packers' on the beam, according to The New York Times.
"However, when River Steel sent the beam to the main steel fabricator -- LeJeune Steel in Minneapolis -- the message was erased.
"'Governor Walker did sign a piece of steel that was in fabrication shop in Wisconsin, but his signature and whatever else he wrote has been removed from the piece of steel,' Mortenson Construction senior vice president John Wood told Minnesota Public Radio.
"Walker had boasted about his hijinks during a campaign appearance in Schofield, Wisconsin, on Friday.
"The $1 billion stadium is slated to open in time for the 2016 season, and will host the Super Bowl in 2018."
The New York Times' Nick Corasaniti describes how Walker's prank all began:
"After spotting a fan in a Packers shirt at an event in Schoefield, Wisc., on Friday, Mr. Walker took a break from his standard stump speech to tell a story.
"Mr. Walker said he was touring a steel plant in West Salem with Lieutenant Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Representative Paul D. Ryan. Turns out, the plant was making the beams of the roof of the new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis.
"'It's being made by cheeseheads, how do ya like that?' Mr. Walker quipped, referring to the common cheese-wedge headegear of Packer fans.
"'So me and Rebecca, we went up on that top beam and we wrote 'Go Packers' on it,' Mr. Walker said, to a chorus of laughter and brief applause.
"And while the governor may have done it all in good fun -- he says he teases former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota regularly about the Vikings' lack of championships -- sports teams don't always take kindly to defacing a new stadium with a rival's imprint.
"The New York Yankees, for example, used a jackhammer to extract a David Ortiz jersey that a Red Sox fan had buried under two feet of concrete at the site of the new Yankee Stadium. or the overheated reaction in Dallas to the (New York) Giants quarterback Eli Manning's signature on the (Dallas) Cowboys' locker room wall after the Giants won the first game played at the new $1.2 billion stadium.
"The Vikings' stadium isn't set to open until July 2016, so the Vikings still have time to find the grafitti and make sure it doesn't get into the roofing, if they so choose.
"But Mr. Walker didn't stop at the beam boasting, getting in one more shot at the stadium, joking that they saved $1 million dollars because 'they decided they didn't need a trophy room.'"
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