The Vikings and the State of Minnesota continue working toward finding a stadium solution that will keep the Vikings in Minnesota. While the Vikings believe that Arden Hills is the ideal stadium location, the club has been asked by State Leaders to assist the City of Minneapolis with its site analysis and due diligence.
In a letter from Owner/President Mark Wilf to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Council President Barbara Johnson, the Vikings have followed up with the City of Minneapolis on the City’s state preference for a building a new stadium at the Metrodome site. You can read the letter in its entirety by clicking here.
Building a new stadium at the current Metrodome site would require the Vikings to play three seasons at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota, and the letter from Wilf to the City lays out costs that would be associated with this move, including: TCF Bank Stadium Revenue Limitations; Capital Improvements to TCF Bank Stadium; and NFL Program Requirements at Metrodome.
In summary, there would be $67 million in additional costs associated with building a new stadium at the current Metrodome site, and thus relocating the Vikings home games to TCF Bank Stadium. In the letter, Wilf also references disruptions to the football team, fans, sponsors and partners, as well as the potential challenges created for University of Minnesota neighborhoods during the three-year period in which the Vikings would play home games on campus.
Governor Dayton has asked the City of Minneapolis to submit a stadium proposal by January 12, 2012.
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