The city of Minneapolis today submitted a plan to state officials that puts a new Vikings stadium at the site of the Metrodome.
In a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Julie Rosen and Rep. Morrie Lanning, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and city council president Barbara Johnson say that while they continue to talk to the Vikings about another possible site on Linden Avenue, the city prefers the Metrodome site, or "Downtown East" as they call it.
"Minneapolis' Downtown East proposal is the best option for Vikings fans, the Minnesota Vikings, other collegiate, amateur and civic users and Minnesota taxpayers," they write, because it offers the best location, requires no new taxes, puts cash on the table immediately and provides for the future competitiveness of three revenue-generating facilities of statewide significance.
The plan would use the taxes that currently pay for the Minneapolis Convention Center to help finance a new stadium and upgrade the Target Center.
They say they would also be open to a downtown casino as an alternative funding mechanism.
Here's their plan: