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A quick look at the Vikings stadium proposals

Posted at 9:55 AM on January 12, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Sport

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We're posting some questions and short answers this morning on the Vikings stadium debate and what happens next, just to keep everyone up to speed.

Q: What are the proposals?

A: The Vikings say Arden Hills in the northern suburbs remains their preference. This looked like the best chance a couple months ago, with owner Zygi Wilf committing up to $425 million for a $1.1 billion stadium, Ramsey County kicking in $350 million through a half cent sales tax hike and the state scrounging up $300 million.

Things unraveled when lawmakers insisted Ramsey County put the sales tax to a vote. Rather than face the inevitable no vote, Ramsey County officials pulled back. The plan is still there but the state would have to come up with about $650 million.

Minneapolis has stepped in with stadium proposals for three sites, two near Target Field and one that would tear down the Metrodome and rebuild on the spot. These would run between $900 million to $1 billion.

The Vikings in recent weeks have warmed to the Minneapolis sites, though they say they wouldn't put up as much of their own money to fund them. They also argue costs for the Metrodome site would run nearly $70 million more than current projections.

Stadium boosters in Shakopee unveiled a last minute bid to build a Vikings stadium, but that's more than a long shot at this point.


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

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.