Vikings reportedly closing in on new stadium location

The Minnesota Vikings are closing in on a deal with officials in Ramsey County on a site to build a new stadium.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the team is “very, very close” to an agreement, which means the team could be moving out of downtown Minneapolis in the near future. The club is hopeful that a bill creating funding for the project will get through the state legislature before it adjourns May 23.

At this point, officials are looking to finalize plans to upgrade the roads in and around the proposed site for a new stadium. The Vikings would surely prefer to remain downtown, but Hennepin County officials reportedly cannot offer the same level of financial support to a project. Ultimately, this comes down to dollars and sense for the franchise.

"We are very, very close to coming to a full proposal with the Vikings," said Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega told the Pioneer Press. "We have a few i's to dot and t's to cross. The big nut to crack, so to speak, is the transportation issue."

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