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Who will pay for a new Vikings stadium?

Posted on: February 20, 2011 6:22 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though Los Angeles seems to be sniffing around the Chargers to see if they can corral San Diego’s team and return them to the city where they originally belonged, L.A. likely would be more than happy take the Vikings organization off Minnesota’s hands if it worked out that way.

That probably won’t happen, especially if Ramsey County, Minn., passes a half-cent tax increase that some say could generate $300 million for a new stadium (because, as you know, the old stadium has had some leaky roof problems - see video below).

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that no formal proposal is in the works but that, behind the scenes, the intensity of this issue is beginning to increase and legislators and lobbyists, in the past few days, have met to convince each other this is something that should happen.

That includes Rep. Alice Hausman who, earlier last week, publicly stated she didn’t want the county providing public subsidies for a new stadium but was asked by proponents to keep an open mind on the possible new project.

From the story:

The Vikings are reportedly revising cost estimates for a new stadium to replace the Metrodome, the team's home for 29 years, and previous price tags for a stadium have been nearly $900 million. Some stadium advocates have pushed a funding plan that would have the Vikings contribute roughly a third of the cost and a local government and possibly the state contribute the rest. The team's Metrodome lease expires after the 2011 season.

(Rep. Bev) Scalze said she has been visited separately by (county commissioner Jan) Parker and Nick Riley, a County Board lobbyist, in recent days, and said the sales tax figures were discussed. "I asked them if it would eventually turn into a sales tax, and I think it was Nick Riley that answered – yes, possibly," she said.

"They weren't sure what it might be, but around [a half-cent increase]. I mean, it wasn't like an eighth [of a cent], and it wasn't like seven-eighths. It was closer to the middle," said Scalze.

Rep. Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood, said she, too, had a recent visit from Riley, but added that no specific sales tax figures were discussed. "There are ways to structure it that I would be open to," said Slawik. "In this economy, it's really important to look at any project that would bring in a lot of jobs, and I think the Vikings stadium has the potential to do that."


Either way, it seems likely that some sort of deal will be made for the Vikings to stay in Minnesota. Much more likely, anyway, than what’s happening in San Diego.



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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:01 am
 

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Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Who will pay for a new Vikings stadium?

I did smackdown. I can't fix all the other fools...



Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 11:55 pm
 

Who will pay for a new Vikings stadium?

In 2008 the vikings paid 18 million dollars in to state and local governments through sales taxes, admission tax and personal income tax alone. Players income taxes are paid in the state the player is playing in for that week. Also keep in mind that viking players spend most of their time in minnesota in off-season workout programs spending money within the community. Also alot of players donate and raise thousand of dollars and time to non-profit charities within the community. All im saying is look at it both sides of the arguement and I'm sure your tax money is probably spent on worst things. It would have a bad economic impact on the community like it or not. Also maybe u should of voted republican during the last election.




Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:54 pm
 

Who will pay for a new Vikings stadium?

if you don't want high taxes, don't vote for people like al franken.



Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Who will pay for a new Vikings stadium?

smackdown24,

I assume you don't live in MN. The 8th highest taxed state in the US. We are still paying a tax on the Metrodome, and the new Twins stadium. 95% of the Vikings players don't live here, and a large portion of their taxes are collected by another state.

It's not a penny raise either, it depends on how much you spend. It also doesn't matter if it's just the county. Put a fee on tickets, or Vikes merchandise. Don't make us pay for it. It's pure BS. So instead of falling all the way down to calling people ignorant, maybe you should think...





Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Who will pay for a new Vikings stadium?

The ingorance here is sad. Think in terms of the long run. How would not having the vikings in the state of minnesota effective local business during the football season. Also think of all of the income tax that you are receiving from the vikings players. Plus not the whole state would paying on that sales tax. It would just effect those that live in that county. Its a penny raise. Think of all of the construction jobs it will create, not mention staff for the stadium.




Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Who will pay for a new Vikings stadium?

As a past MN resident, there should be NO charge to the taxpayers here. There is no reason the state has an obligation to help the vikes out, and there is no reason why the vikes deserve to be helped out. Firstly, I think its even a ridiculous thought that every resident, no matter what the actual cost, should have to pay for any privately owned company to build a new building. There are millions of people that don't watch/care about football, and there are things 1000000000 times more important than a new stadium that should be adressed first. These things directly affect the lives of every resident of the state, unike football (roads, edu. funding etc...) As big of a fan I am of football, It really is low priority in the grand scheme of things, and with the economy and people scrimping and struggling, to pay for a 900mil stadium is a stupid proposal and an easy, but bad, solution to a problem.

Secondly, Im not pro-vikings moving, but they really have done NOTHING to warrant MN taxpayers to pay them back. No SB wins, no SB appearances since what? Fran Tarkenton? a bunch of conference championship appearances, but the eagles can tell you that those don't mean much. and if you are looking forward to next year, their starting QB, unless they pick one up, is Joe Webb. So that's not very promising. The team is historically not very good on average, they had a debacle to end all debacles last season, they struggle to sell out home playoff games...it just doesnt make sense...and I know it sucks MN, i feel your pain, but Vikes, this is ridiculous.



Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Who will pay for a new Vikings stadium?

Taxpayers should pay zero.  No privately funded stadium is a possibility in the Twin Cities area.  Let the Vikings move to some other city where there is a private individual rich enough to provide a stadium, or taxpayers dumb enough to pay for new stadium.  NFL football is not necessary to keep a local economy thriving.  LA does just fine, even after to professional football teams departed.  Perhaps a departure by the Vikings would increase the support of Gopher football.




Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Who will pay for a new Vikings stadium?

Let them talk...I think with all the issues facing this nation let alone Minnesota a new stadium should NOT be a priority. In fact, it should not even be on the list of priorities. Let the owners and the over paid players pony up for this. After all, they are the only ones who play there. The taxpayers of this country are fed up with footing the bill for these millionaires.



Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2011 12:35 am
 

Q. Who will pay for a new Vikings stadium?

Q. Who will pay for a new Vikings stadium?

A.  Phil Anschutz.  Farmers Field in downtown Los Angeles.  The new home of the Vikings.  Maybe the Chargers, too.




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