Vikings anxious for action on new stadium vote
Zygi Wilf is pressing his foot down on the accelerator as the Minnesota Vikings owner pushes for a vote that will bring a new stadium to life for the franchise.
Wilf took positives out of the Metropolitan Council report that was released Wednesday and has requested state lawmakers vote on a proposal for a stadium in Arden Hills before Thanksgiving, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“There is nothing in this report which suggests we should not move forward with this site," Wilf said. "Let's get this project done in Arden Hills."
The report states that the team’s goal to have a new stadium built by 2015 was unrealistic and said that 2016 or 2017 was more likely. The team’s lease at the Metrodome expires after this season.
Depending on who you listen to, some significant financing gaps are challenges for the project. The biggest news might be that there is work being done in Minneapolis to present a proposal for a new stadium, one that might be more appealing to many parties involved. Some believe if huge money is going to be poured into a multi-use facility, it should be in downtown Minneapolis, not in a suburb.
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