Vikings will meet with Minneapolis officials on stadium issue
The Minnesota Vikings want to go full-speed ahead with plans to construct a new stadium in Arden Hills, but the team has agreed to have discussions with Minneapolis officials about a possible site there.
According to Mike Kaszuba of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the meeting was “reluctantly agreed” to on Tuesday by the team while it still pushed to gets its Ramsey County plan through.
The Vikings are looking for roughly $650 million in public money to pay for the construction of a new stadium, money that will be divided by Ramsey County and the state for the Arden Hills site. But how the money will be raised in Ramsey County is an issue now and that’s left an opening for Minneapolis, the state’s largest city, to remain alive as a possibility. The Vikings’ lease at the Metrodome expires after this season. One of the reasons the Arden Hills site is preferred by the Vikings is they will be able to collect parking revenue there, something they cannot do in downtown Minneapolis.
Per the report, the chair of the Senate Taxes Committee, Sen. Julianne Ortman, told Vikings officials that it would be “in your best interest” to meet with Minneapolis officials. What’s clear is nothing is certain in Minnesota when it comes to the future of the Vikings. It looks like this issue will remain very much unresolved when this football season ends.
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