Ramsey County offers cash help for Vikings stadiumby Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Ramsey County officials say they're willing to chip in to help build a new Vikings stadium if the team decides to move to suburban Arden Hills.
Ramsey County commissioner Tony Bennett said he told the team a 430 acre tract of unused property near Interstate 35W and Highway 10 would make for a great site if they move out of the Metrodome and stay in Minnesota. Bennett said Ramsey County is willing to put some money into the project, but he won't say how much yet.
"Depends on what the other people are putting in," Bennett said. "Depends on what kind of a deal. They may come up with a funding source at the Legislature that takes care of it all or most of it. The only thing we ruled out is property taxes."
At least two other commissioners have met with the team as well. Bennett said the Vikings have looked at four other sites, including three in downtown Minneapolis and the Brookdale shopping center. The team said last summer the Brooklyn Park site wasn't suitable, but hasn't settled on a single location.