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Vikings owner: Arden Hills stadium worries solveable

Posted at 1:08 PM on October 12, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Sport

MPR News reporter Tim Nelson is covering the press conference this afternoon with Ramsey County officials and Vikings owner Zygi Wilf reacting to a report from the Metropolitan Council released this morning that casts doubt on a proposed stadium site in Arden Hills.

Wilf and Ramsey County leaders at the press conference are acknowledging concerns about potential cost overruns and construction delays but maintain that the problems laid out in the report are solvable.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf: Issues raised in Met Council stadium report "are solveable and are already being negotiated with state leaders."
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UPDATE: Here's the Associated Press brief:
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 analysis. The Metropolitan Council report raised concerns about delays and cost overruns on the $1.1 billion proposal to build the stadium in the Twin Cities suburb of Arden Hills.

Wilf didn't close the door on the Vikings paying more than the $407 million they have pledged.

And commissioners Tony Bennett and Rafael Ortega say they think the issues can be addressed. They say they don't think the county will have to go above its $350 million share envisioned earlier.

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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.

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