The latest turn in the long-winding search for a Vikings stadium plan has the team looking to the suburbs of Arden Hills.
Once considered a long shot to be the stadium site, Dave Orrick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Vikings are “very, very close” to a deal, according to a Ramsey County commissioner. (That second “very” means it’s serious.)
The news comes as plans for a stadium on the site of the Minneapolis Farmers Market were abandoned on Thursday. Meanwhile, backers of a new stadium on the site of the Metrodome are scrambling to put together financing.
Florio points out over IM that the previous lack of a local partner was viewed as an impediment to getting a deal with the Legislature. The prior plan was to not have a local partner identified when the bill was passed.
“We are very, very close to coming to a full proposal with the Vikings,” said Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega. ”We have a few i’s to dot and t’s to cross. The big nut to crack, so to speak, is the transportation issue.”
We’ve been following this issue enough to know that having a few “t’s” to cross means nothing should be assumed. We do know the Vikings are running out of time; the Legislature’s session ends May 23.