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Vikings announce new stadium in Ramsey County

Posted on: May 10, 2011 6:11 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The Vikings are moving out of Minnesapolis ... and into Ramsey County, where they will attempt to build a new stadium. Of course, they still need to finalize the necessary Bills to get the stadium approved, but this is a major step in the team remaining the "Minnesota Vikings."

The location of the site is the old Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant property in Arden Hills, according to the team's announcement, and it calls for an $884 million stadium (see: right) with a retractable roof. Additionally, there's "an additional $173 million for on-site infrastructure, parking and environmental costs, bringing the total project costs to $1.057 billion."

The Vikings said they will committ to 39 percent of the overall cost, which equals out to $407 million.

Which is good news for all the Minny fans that didn't want the Vikings to actually move, because it means they will remain the "Minnesota Vikings."

It's also good news if you're a Vikings fan who's longed for a better experience at the game -- owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said at the press conference that the new proposed stadium (you can view the full plans here in .PDF form) would bring tailgating back to the fans and give them an "all-day experience" at Vikings games.

“Reaching an agreement with Ramsey County as our local partner is a major milestone in our efforts to finalize a long-term stadium solution, and we are pleased to have found such a strong and forthright partner,” Wilf said. “While we certainly appreciate the proposal by the City of Minneapolis, as well as the recent efforts by Hennepin County, we believe the Ramsey County site offers the most benefits to our fans, the team and the State and is the ideal site for a new stadium.”

Obviously it's good news for the fans ... if it happens. Now that the business end of things has been worked out, that's up to the government.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 9:10 am
 

Vikings announce new stadium in Ramsey County

I hope they can get it done. There would be no other team I would even follow if they left Minn. Besides not mention  all the good ribbing with my friends that are Bear and Packer fans on game days. Been a Viking fan since day one. I still remember our first win against "DA BEARS" Wink



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 8:00 am
 

Vikings announce new stadium in Ramsey County

How generous of the Vikings to commit to pay 39% of the costs ... will they also commit to accepting only 39% of the revenue?

Is it possible that the 500,000 people of Ramsey County, Minnesota could actually reap the benefts of a long-term financial windfall?

Or will 60,000 of them settle for an "all-day experience" 8X per year?
Sad.



Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Vikings announce new stadium in Ramsey County

RETRACTABLE roof for football...and NOT RETRACTABLE FOR BASEBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
absolutely crazy!
i appreciate the effort of everybody!!!!fantastic
in a era where no money...fantastic effort!!



Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Vikings announce new stadium in Ramsey County

Hot dog.  While I would have preferred them to stay in downtown Minneapolis for convenience, the deal is closer to completion, and we can hopefully move on to more important things... like shoring up the offensive line, signing a veteran QB, and getting better at the safety position.


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