Vikings owner Wilf expresses optimism for stadium bill

Zygi Wilf made a surprise appearance Thursday at the State Capitol and the Minnesota Vikings owner expressed optimism a stadium deal for his franchise will get done during this legislative session.

Wilf met with two dozen lawmakers but didn’t provide any details on how he believes final details are coming together for a new stadium. For instance, Wilf did not or could not provide the location for a new stadium, one of many big questions surrounding the project and its funding.

“We're confident that we have the parts in place to get this done this session,” Wilf said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We're right now in the process of working with several potential [local] partners.

“They're very much willing and able to get this deal done.”

There is a little more than a month remaining in the legislative session and the primary order of business is to balance a state budget with a $5 billion deficit. Most believe the stadium plan is facing third-and-long. Wilf apparently thinks it’s not as dire as many believe.

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