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An end game, finally, in the Vikings stadium debate?

Posted at 7:41 AM on March 1, 2012 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Sport

Hard to believe? You bet. But Vikings owners, state lawmakers and Minneapolis officials will announce a deal this morning to build a new football stadium.

It's basically a variation on the most recent plan: Build it next to the Metrodome, where the Vikings would continue to play while the new structure goes up; then tear down the Metrodome and let the Vikes play at the University of Minnesota football stadium for a season until the new facility is complete.

"All the players were in the room... You'll see the details tomorrow morning," stadium bill sponsor Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, told reporters last night as she left the governor's office Wednesday evening. "It's a good package, and we can't wait to unveil it. It's time."

Cynics will note we've been here before with politicians telling us a deal's at hand. But the public financing part of a new Vikings stadium has always been controversial -- and that's still there. It still faces roadblocks at the Legislature and at the Minneapolis City Council.

We'll get the deal details at 9 a.m. Push aside the plans and the hoopla and the question that's dogged the Vikings project from the start will still be there: Do you have the votes to spend the public's money?


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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.