It’s been a busy – but positive – week in the pursuit to build a new publicly-owned, multi-purpose stadium in Arden Hills.
NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora is reporting that the NFL is concerned by the progress of the stadium initiative, so concerned that they are reportedly flying to Minnesota next week to to “assess the situation.”
On Tuesday, October 11, the Ramsey County Charter Commission voted against requiring a referendum in November 2012, an effort that would have delayed the stadium project for two years, costing over $100 million and preventing thousands of construction workers from getting back on the job. Just a day later, the Metropolitan Council and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC) released their findings from an analysis of the risks associated with this project. While the group’s focus was on the possible worst-case scenarios, the issues raised by the analysis have already been resolved or are in the process of being negotiated.
More importantly, one scenario showed an opportunity to save nearly $76 million on the project, and the study also confirmed off-site transportation improvements will cost $101 million, something the Vikings transportation experts have said for months.
With both the referendum discussion from the last several weeks and the Met Council study findings behind us, now is the time to move forward on this project.
“The sooner we begin the process, the better chance we have of mitigating any risks,” Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said in his Met Council response. “As importantly, moving forward now will also put thousands of construction trades workers back on the job and allow us to take advantage of low interest rates and material costs.”
The Vikings and Ramsey County stand ready to work with State leaders on a final package, including determining the State’s source of $300 million and resolving any remaining issues with the project.
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– Stay informed on the issue by logging on to vikings.com and Minnesota Momentum, and also by clicking on the links below…
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