Though the notice issued by the Vikings doesn’t say it expressly, the message is clear.
The Vikings and Ramsey County officials are announcing at 4:00 p.m. ET Tuesday a deal to build a new stadium in Arden Hills.
The notice merely states that the team and the county are conducting a joint press conference, at the Ramsey County Public Works Facility. Attending for the Vikings will be owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf, former Vikings coach Bud Grant, former Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall, and current Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier.
Of course, the biggest hint comes from this statement at the bottom of the notice: “Stadium site tours and photo opportunities will be available following the press conference.”
It doesn’t mean that a stadium will be built; a deal still must be struck with the State of Minnesota. But to the extent that the absence of a local partner was holding up the process, that impediment has not been removed.
Finally, here’s hoping that Grant seizes the microphone and chastises everyone involved for being a complete wuss for building a dome over the field.