Posted by Will Brinson
The Vikings are moving out of Minnesapolis ... and into Ramsey County, where they will attempt to build a new stadium. Of course, they still need to finalize the necessary Bills to get the stadium approved, but this is a major step in the team remaining the "Minnesota Vikings."
The location of the site is the old Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant property in Arden Hills, according to the team's announcement, and it calls for an $884 million stadium (see: right) with a retractable roof. Additionally, there's "an additional $173 million for on-site infrastructure, parking and environmental costs, bringing the total project costs to $1.057 billion."
The Vikings said they will committ to 39 percent of the overall cost, which equals out to $407 million.
Which is good news for all the Minny fans that didn't want the Vikings to actually move, because it means they will remain the "Minnesota Vikings."
It's also good news if you're a Vikings fan who's longed for a better experience at the game -- owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said at the press conference that the new proposed stadium (you can view the full plans here in .PDF form) would bring tailgating back to the fans and give them an "all-day experience" at Vikings games.
“Reaching an agreement with Ramsey County as our local partner is a major milestone in our efforts to finalize a long-term stadium solution, and we are pleased to have found such a strong and forthright partner,” Wilf said. “While we certainly appreciate the proposal by the City of Minneapolis, as well as the recent efforts by Hennepin County, we believe the Ramsey County site offers the most benefits to our fans, the team and the State and is the ideal site for a new stadium.”
Obviously it's good news for the fans ... if it happens. Now that the business end of things has been worked out, that's up to the government.
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