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The latest on the Vikings new stadium efforts

Posted on: May 18, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 7:46 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

If you’re anything like me, you prefer stories about the politics and economics of a new NFL stadium to be as simple as possible. Thus, here’s a bullet point approach aimed to bring you up to speed on the Vikings’ efforts to get a new venue.

*The Vikings are looking to build a $1.05 billion stadium in Arden Hills, located in Ramsey County. Of the $1.05 billion, $884 million would be spent on the stadium, with the rest going towards on-site infrastructure, parking and environmental cleanup.

*The Vikings are willing to contribute $407 million to the stadium (39 percent). Ramsey County will pay $350 million (33 percent). An additional $300 million will come from the state of Minnesota. (And not a penny more, the state insists.)

*Roger Goodell met with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Tuesday and said that the NFL would contribute financially to the stadium’s construction. He did not specify exactly how much, though. (Details are expected in the coming days.)

*An issue that is hanging up the process is that major upgrades are needed to the surrounding roads near the stadium’s planned location. The cost of those upgrades figures to be around $100 million (the Vikings claim originally claimed it was $80 million, the state said it was $175 million. Both sides have re-assessed and agreed that it’s more like $131 million). Both sides are yet to figure out who will cover these costs, though, and Governor Dayton says that if the state contributes, it’s coming out of the firm $300 million allotment.

*Time is an issue. The Minnesota legislator adjourns their regular session Monday. An ongoing budget dispute could force a special session, which would give lawmakers more time to figure the stadium out, but that’s not a guarantee.

*The city of Minneapolis is trying to get back in the mix, but the Vikings are leery.

Stay tuned.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:54 pm

The latest on the Vikings new stadium efforts

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:49 pm
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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:02 pm

The latest on the Vikings new stadium efforts

Relax, they're not going anywhere, Jacksonville or San Diego will move before the Vikings. They will be in a new stadium in 3 or 4 years, right about the time Ponder will be hitting his stride, so they have to rebuild for a few seasons ! At least they won't suck for 20 plus years like the Packers did in the 70s and 80s !

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:56 am

The latest on the Vikings new stadium efforts

fuck the vikqueens.

Since: Jun 15, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:51 am

The latest on the Vikings new stadium efforts

Chargers are more likely to move to L.A. vs. the Vikings.

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:49 pm

"Atlas. The Official Movers Of The L.A. Vikings"

Welcome to the Jungle Guys.  Let's see if the Minnesota Public Employees will approve a tax hike for a football stadium?  Didn't think so.

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:43 pm

The latest on the Vikings new stadium efforts

Good Luck!  Should have ironed this out ten years ago.  Are you guys gonna use Mayflower or Atlas for the move?

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:52 pm

The latest on the Vikings new stadium efforts

Then why does ol' Will like stories about the lockout to be peppered with liberal, or socialist (same thing) spin, and very little fact?

Odd really.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:00 pm

Tax Plan

The city needs to raise taxes to get this stadium built ASAP.  The vikings need a state of the art stadium with a retractable roof.  If not, the owners may move to LA or Vegas.  The city better get it done quick and get this stadium built.

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