Vikings set to announce tentative deal on new stadium

In a very deliberate manner the Minnesota Vikings are nearing the goalline as they seek to get a new stadium built.

Owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf will join Gov. Mark Dayton and state and Minneapolis city leaders at a press conference this morning at 9 a.m. (CST) to announce a tentative deal has been reached to build a new structure near the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis.

An even more tentative agreement was reached two weeks ago but the parties have worked since to tie up loose ends. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the stadium will cost $975 million and will be erected on the east side of the Metrodome. The team is expected to pay roughly $427 million – or nearly half.

Now, a legislative bill must be introduced with half of the current session remaining to get it done. It should be time to push a bill through. Other details involving financing are not yet now. But it looks like the small obstacles that were in place have been removed. It’s another positive sign.

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