As you know, last week Ramsey County and the Vikings announced an exciting partnership to build a new stadium on the former Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant (TCAAP) property in Arden Hills. This stadium vision provides for a new multi-purpose, retractable-roof facility, along with 21,000 parking spaces, on 260 acres located just 10 miles from the current Metrodome site.
On the heels of that announcement and with the 2011 Legislative Session set to end on May 23, we need you to contact your legislators now and let them know that passing a stadium bill is all that remains. While emails are great, personal calls are even more effective, so we have made it easy for you. Please call your elected officials today.
When calling, remember the following points:
- The Vikings have done what State leaders have asked. The team found a strong local partner, secured a stadium site, committed a significant team contribution and developed a workable finance plan.
- The Ramsey County-Vikings proposal is the best opportunity for the State, the County, the team and Vikings fans. The plan calls for nearly 40% of the retractable-roof stadium project costs to come from the Vikings and relies on those who use or benefit to cover the State’s piece. The site creates a “Vikings destination,” offers a typical day-long NFL experience for fans, and its close proximity to both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul allows for major year-round events.
- Off-site transportation issues should not be the reason this project does not move forward. The infrastructure needs at the site are necessary for the development and growth of the area regardless of whether or not a stadium is built. State leaders should work with the County and the team on these needs and costs.
- The stadium project is estimated to support 13,000 full and part-time jobs, including 7,500 construction jobs during the three-year construction period. Nearly $300 million of the overall project costs will be wages for construction workers, who currently have an unemployment rate of nearly 20%, and approximately 95% of the total materials and labor costs are expected to go to local tradespeople in Minnesota.
- The Vikings play an important role in the quality of life for many Minnesotans. Nearly 2.5 million Minnesotans follow Vikings games each Sunday, and we need to retain this cultural asset for future generations of fans.
Thank you for your support!
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