The Minnesota Vikings lost an integral member of the family today with the passing of Ownership Partner Alan Landis.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Vikings owner and close friend Alan Landis. Alan exemplified class both in his personal and professional life and possessed a strong philanthropic spirit, particularly with children-related causes in New York, New Jersey and Florida. He had an incredible passion for the Vikings, making it a priority to attend games and share in the excitement of game-day. Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda, Scott, Dana and the entire Landis family."
– The Wilf Family and the Minnesota Vikings
Landis was an original partner with the Wilf family in the acquisition of the Vikings in 2005 and helped set the course for building a successful franchise. He maintained an active role with the ownership group over the past 13 seasons, assisting in the development of U.S. Bank Stadium and Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan.
A graduate of New York University, Landis achieved acclaim in the business world and the philanthropic community through his visionary thinking in each area. As founder and chairman of The Landis Group, he put his stamp on the land development industry with a pair of landmarks – the Princeton Landmark Carnegie Center, which earned Landis the 1991 Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence, and the Tower Center Office and Hotel Complex. He was also part-owner of the NBA's New Jersey Nets for a number of years and was instrumental in the establishment of the YES Network.
Landis was active in causes ranging from the National Prevent Child Abuse Organization to the Foundation for Fighting Blindness.