The latest financing plan to cover the state’s share of a proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium is getting mixed reviews, including a skeptical look from at least one veteran legislator who says the plan is more style than substance.
With a plan that would draw on potential gambling money and sales and lodging taxes, Minneapolis leaders have upped the ante in their efforts to keep the Vikings’ ship afloat in the city of lakes.
By Brian Bakst Associated Press St. Paul, Minn. — A Minnesota Vikings executive warned Wednesday that delaying until next year a Legislature vote on financing for a new stadium would increase the project’s already hefty cost and would leave the football franchise without a lease binding it to Minnesota. Vice President Lester Bagley reaction came [...]
A cadre of Minnesota legislators opposed to putting public money into a deal for a new Vikings stadium acknowledged they would let the team flee the state rather than let themselves be strong-armed into cutting a deal at any price.
By Burl Gilyard Dolan Newswires Minneapolis — The issue of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings remains a political football. While the focus remains on the costs and challenges of the Arden Hills site in suburban Ramsey County, plenty of behind-the-scenes huddles still are happening in downtown Minneapolis. Three sites are being bandied about: [...]
By Charley Shaw Dolan Newswires Minneapolis — Since Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration unveiled its analysis of the risks associated with the proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium site in Arden Hills on Wednesday, opinion has varied as to whether it dealt a fatal blow to the Ramsey County/Vikings plan. But there is no question that the report’s [...]
Two Minnesota legislators — one Democrat and one Republican — are working on a proposal to hand over the Metrodome to the Vikings as an alternative to building a new stadium.
By Pat Condon Associated Press St. Paul, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and his allies say they see nothing in a critical analysis of their plan to build a new stadium that would stop the project. Wilf joined two Ramsey County board commissioners at a news conference Wednesday after the release of the [...]
A decision to call a special session to consider a Vikings stadium in Arden Hills won’t be made until after Oct. 15, when a risk analysis of the billion-dollar proposal is complete, an official said.
By Burl Gilyard Dolan Media Minneapolis — It’s not clear when or even if a new football stadium will be built in Arden Hills, but agencies in the Twin Cities are kicking off the latest round of studying the site, a complicated piece of real estate. The Metropolitan Council is huddling in negotiations with a [...]