Vikings could be close to securing stadium deal
At long last the Minnesota Vikings could be near a deal to build a new stadium next to the Metrodome, an agreement that would ensure the franchise stays put for decades to come.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that a deal was close Thursday and it’s down to finalizing small details. A plan could formally be announced sometime today or early next week, per the report.
While a deal still has to win the support of state lawmakers and Minneapolis City Council members, it appears headed in the right direction. Obviously, financing issues will be critical as the state, city and team wrestle over financing a $900 million project.
The Vikings are out of their lease at the Metrodome but will definitely be playing in Minneapolis next season at the 30-year-old stadium. Owner Zygi Wilf has been working for years to secure a new stadium and a previously proposed site in Arden Hills has been ruled out. State officials have preferred a Minneapolis site all along and placing it next to the Metrodome could allow the team to play in its old home while the new one is being constructed.
"I'm hopeful that they'll get something resolved in the next couple days, but there is no guarantee of that," Gov. Mark Dayton said on radio. "Of course, that's the beginning of the process. It has to get the support of the Minneapolis City Council. It has to get the support of the Legislature."
Again, financing is the big issue. There has been talk of possibly involving revenue generated at a casino. Hopefully the details will be fleshed out soon.
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