January 23, 2012

Father John Bauer, rector of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, called on parishioners and community members to contact government officials to voice concerns about two proposed Vikings stadium sites near the church, particularly one that would be about 100 metres away.

Bauer wrote a letter and emailed parishioners stating that while he wants the Vikings to stay in Minnesota, a nearby stadium could negatively impact parts of the community the church serves.

The congregation of more than 6,300 households is made up of many people from the larger Twin Cities metro area and suburbs.

Traffic flow and parking, Bauer said, is already challenging.

"The addition of the stadium would make this even more daunting," he said, for Sunday liturgies as well as regular events and activities.