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Report: Vikings reach preliminary stadium deal

Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:37 pm
 
The NFL wasn't going to allow the Vikings to play in a college stadium while a new stadium was built. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

In late January, there were discussions that NFL owners might nix the Vikings' new stadium deal, primarily because the logistical gymnastics involved the Vikes playing up to three years in a temporary venue while the stadium was built.

The possibility of $67 million in losses over that time made it a non-starter. Now, according to the StarTribune.com, it appears that the team, the state and the city have a preliminary stadium deal in place. Details via the StarTribune.com's Rochelle Olson and Mike Kaszuba:
Minneapolis, the state and the Minnesota Vikings have reached preliminary agreement on the division of costs for a $975 million stadium on a site at or near the 30-year-old Metrodome, according to multiple sources who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity.

The city would contribute $150 million in construction costs to the downtown Minneapolis project. The state would pay $398 million and the Vikings would pay $427 million. The city also would pay approximately $180 million in operating costs over the next 30 years, the sources said.
The sources added that all the details -- including cost overruns -- still need to be sorted, but there could be an announcement as soon as next week.

Vikings vice president Lester Bagley wouldn't comment on the report instead insisting that “There is no agreement. Everything is subject to negotiations. We’re working hard on an agreement, but we’re not there yet.”

While a preliminary agreement is progress, the proposal would need to pass the Legislature, possibly the Minneapolis City Council, as well as the NFL. Put differently: it's a start but there's still a long way to go.

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Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:00 am
 

Report: Vikings reach preliminary stadium deal



Call me a hard a$$ but in this economy cities, counties and states should not be dumping money into stadiums. Road repairs. schools and in general our towns need the money to ensure we have value in our properties. FB is nice but adds nothing to me and my economy. Time to wake up fans and have the teams pay for these White Elephants. 

You remember the strike, the teams get a tremendous amount of coin from the TV contracts. Buy your own stadium. 

 



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 2:49 am
 

Report: Vikings reach preliminary stadium deal

Barring the money coming up short, it's almost certainly going to be an indoor stadium, people (or retractable roof); these things are used for more than just football nowadays.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:43 am
 

Report: Vikings reach preliminary stadium deal

 It is very good this is about to get done.  I can't imagine the NFC north without any of the teams, it would be horrible.  Good job minny on getting things done.  Would Packer fans be offended if we called it the "new" frozen tundra?



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:01 am
 

Report: Vikings reach preliminary stadium deal

IF you build it,they will come!



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:44 pm
 

Report: Vikings reach preliminary stadium deal

For one, I'm glad to see this happen. I would hate to see the Vikings leave Minnesota. I agree with those who stated that the Vikings should and need to have a outdoors stadium.



Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:32 pm
 

Report: Vikings reach preliminary stadium deal

 My sources (bareirrio) say that the Vikings stadium is a done deal. NO TAILGATING for the Viking faithful. Its a shame.




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:13 pm
 

Report: Vikings reach preliminary stadium deal

I used to be a Vikings fan until they moved indoors. Football should be played outdoors. It was a major home field advantage for the Vikings in Bloomington. No warm weather team could possibly prepare for  the cold. The noise in an indoor stadium could be duplicated for opposing teams to practice & prepare for. No retractable roof either!


Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:30 pm
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Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:23 pm
 

Report: Vikings reach preliminary stadium deal

good too see it getting done! it will be great for me as a minnesota viking fan! it'll be great too get out of the dome & into a new stadium!



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:18 pm
 

Report: Vikings reach preliminary stadium deal

Well hopefully it is a retractable roof stadium. There is no fun in watching a game outdoors in those cold Minnesota winters. Plus, they would also then be able to use the venue for other things during the winter months than just football.  


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