Posted at 1:15 PM on January 12, 2012
by Tim Nelson
Filed under: Vikings stadium
Ramsey County officials say they've upped the stadium ante today, with a new agreement with the Vikings and more local money to help pay for the project.
The stadium proposal signed by county board chairman Rafael Ortega says the county will commit to a 375 million dollar contribution to a proposed Vikings stadium in Arden Hills. That's a 25 million dollar increase over the deal the county initially reached with the team last May.
In addition, the county's bid includes an updated agreement with the team. In it, the Vikings put their proposed contribution at 425 million, up from their initial 407 million dollar offer. The team had mentioned the improved offer before, but put it in writing with the county's bid today.
It's the first of what are expected to be several stadium bids submitted to Gov. Mark Dayton today, ahead of his stadium deadline. Spokeswoman Katharine Tinucci says he will be looking them over in the next few days.
You can read the agreement here: