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Vikings to announce deal with Ramsey County at 4:00 p.m. ET

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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.

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54 Responses to “Vikings to announce deal with Ramsey County at 4:00 p.m. ET”
  1. skoobyfl says: May 10, 2011 3:46 PM

    Maybe they can build-in a snow-cone maker to the next roof & give all the fans a free treat on the way in.

    Why not dream bigger, while your dreaming.

  2. minormillikin says: May 10, 2011 3:49 PM

    “Stadium site tours and photo opportunities will be available following the press conference.”

    And afterwards, a ride on a party boat!

  3. sevensixtwonato says: May 10, 2011 3:54 PM

    “And afterwards, a ride on a party boat”

    Where do I sign up?

  4. catman72 says: May 10, 2011 3:56 PM

    I’m glad they are staying in Minnesota, the LA Vikings would just sound weird, almost as weird as the LA Lakers…

  5. gregjennings85 says: May 10, 2011 3:57 PM

    Get this deal done, Minnesota.

  6. dogsweat1 says: May 10, 2011 3:59 PM

    Also will be announced the new Mary Tyler Moore Show!

  7. ruvelligwebuike says: May 10, 2011 4:00 PM

    Congrats Viking fans! In all seriousness, I hope it does come to fruition. I’m looking forward to attending a few games. God knows there will be plenty of tickets available.

  8. mvp43 says: May 10, 2011 4:00 PM

    Good news……..

    Next hurdle: State of Minnesota……..who knows how that will play out.

  9. minnesconsin says: May 10, 2011 4:01 PM

    MSFC now reporting pricetag of almost $1.2B, with road costs from $275M to $340M — state still holding tight on their total of $300M line. this is either going to cost the vikes or ramsey county a lot more than expected.

  10. knew8411 says: May 10, 2011 4:05 PM

    Here’s to getting this thing done!!!!

  11. rcunningham says: May 10, 2011 4:06 PM

    Win lose or draw, I just want to see my Vikings play. Please get this done, I’m not ready to not see Packers/Vikings in the NFCN anymore!!

  12. supermariojosh says: May 10, 2011 4:06 PM

    As a die hard Packer fan and season ticket holder:
    Make this happen Minnesota. Particularly after the whole Favre thing – you just can’t manufacture rivalries like this one.

  13. Deb says: May 10, 2011 4:08 PM

    Hope this is true! Congrats to the Vikes fans!! One less group of NFL faithful Goodell can torment with threats of a move!! Competition in the Black and Blue Division should be terrific this year if everyone just gets back to work!

  14. wpluswill says: May 10, 2011 4:08 PM

    dogsweat1 says:
    May 10, 2011 3:59 PM
    Also will be announced the new Mary Tyler Moore Show!

    Mary Tyler Moore was HOT ! I’d hit that — if I had a time machine…

  15. minnesconsin says: May 10, 2011 4:09 PM

    massive feedback for ortega. they’re all standing around looking like they have no idea what to do. bennett yells “commercial timeout” like it’s funny. this is too good to be true.

  16. biggiep says: May 10, 2011 4:10 PM

    So….Jags or Bolts to LA? I say Bolts. I am a 49ers fan in San Diego and I must say, San Diego sports fans (in general) are the lamest, most soulless fans you’ve ever seen.

  17. minnesconsin says: May 10, 2011 4:16 PM

    bennett is now saying “yeah, we need road improvements but they shouldn’t have anything to do with the vikings stadium.”

    err, someone didn’t get the memo from gov. dayton earlier today. this thing looks ready to fall apart before it even gets rolling.

  18. dwoofer says: May 10, 2011 4:16 PM

    Hey, RealityPolice. What do you say now?

  19. jebdamone says: May 10, 2011 4:17 PM

    wow, am watching the presentation right now and it is TERRIBLE! aren’t there professionals out there that someone could have hired to make a powerful and exciting presentation? all i have seen so far is a bunch of old dudes who can barely speak in front of a crowd blubbering.
    “brbrbrbrbrbrbrbr arden hills brbrbrbrbr vikings brbrbrbrbrb stadium brbrbrbrbr.”
    yeah, im really excited now guys…oh well, love the site, get it done.

  20. stavreafavre says: May 10, 2011 4:18 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, YOUR Arden Hillbillies, led onto the field by Jared “Jethro” Allen!

  21. nflguru12 says: May 10, 2011 4:20 PM

    WOW!! That will leave the Metrodome just like the Vikings trophy case…. EMPTY!!!!

  22. cusoman says: May 10, 2011 4:21 PM

    “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.”

    The deal is for a retractable roof. Please read the press release.

  23. claymath52 says: May 10, 2011 4:23 PM

    Whoa, you mean the stadium will not be right next door to all the snobby anti-tailgaiting condo owners???? Big score. If Vikings games actually now will have tailgaiting I may come to a game…and watch the Packers demolish the Vikes in style.

  24. gdive says: May 10, 2011 4:32 PM

    They already have a retractable roof…kinda. It’s just stuck in the “off” position.

  25. minnesconsin says: May 10, 2011 4:42 PM

    i hate to be negative. but it just sounds like the vikings and ramsey county disagree severely with the state of MN and the MSFC when it comes to how much $$ is required to pay for the infrastructure development, and who will pay for it, and when.

  26. berniemadoffsides says: May 10, 2011 4:50 PM

    “I’m Daunte Culpepper, and I’ll be your tour guide!”

  27. mcastill says: May 10, 2011 4:52 PM

    I love how more Packer fans feel the need to post on almost every Vikings related thread here.

  28. willycents says: May 10, 2011 4:55 PM

    An idea for financing the deal. Payments would be upwards of $75M per year based on 25 years. Let the vikings make half the payment, and let their “partners” make the other half. Simply deduct the other half from the salary cap number for the “partners” half and pay the rest in salaries. I bet the players (partners) would just fall over backwards for that deal. :)

  29. carlgerbschmidt says: May 10, 2011 4:56 PM

    They’re going to build it on a Superfund* site. You can’t make it up.

    Mommy, why do the vikes players have tails?

    * that’s a hazardous waste site for you morons.

  30. goawayeverybody says: May 10, 2011 5:01 PM

    This is fantastic news!!! I live in LA and I want this cursed football team NOWHERE NEAR my home state!!!

  31. smoothjimmyapollo says: May 10, 2011 5:15 PM

    “I love how more Packer fans feel the need to post on almost every Vikings related thread here.”

    Isn’t that a lot like how Viking fans post on every Packer thread around here? It’s a rivalry. Trash talking is a part of it.

  32. thephantomstranger says: May 10, 2011 5:15 PM

    minnesconsin says:
    May 10, 2011 4:01 PM
    MSFC now reporting pricetag of almost $1.2B, with road costs from $275M to $340M — state still holding tight on their total of $300M line. this is either going to cost the vikes or ramsey county a lot more than expected.
    ______________

    Vikes should pay all cost overruns, which they probably will. Waste of money making it a retractable roof; a fixed roof is fine. I wouldn’t trust what the MSFC says; they want the stadium in Minneapolis.

  33. buffalocozzmo says: May 10, 2011 5:16 PM

    Great so the next labor dispute will go through Minnesota too. We might have football already if wasnt for their player biased liberal judges:( . Relocate or change the laws allowing people to file lawsuits in whatever court is biased in their favor. No offense to Viking fans your a great fan base. The legal system there infuriates me cause I want football!!!

  34. thefiesty1 says: May 10, 2011 5:18 PM

    Still nothing without a stadium. They are still holding the state of Minnesota hostage. Just spend you own money Zigy like JJ did moving to the Arlington CowBabies.

  35. mooseknuckle says: May 10, 2011 5:29 PM

    claymath52

    Minnesota doesn’t really want your food stamps here and Sconnies don’t spend money on anything but smokes and lottery tickets so do Minnesota a solid and just stay home.

    …and tell your state leaders (used loosely) to pay back the 60 million that your wasteland of a state owes Minnesota.

  36. jcusa514 says: May 10, 2011 5:31 PM

    if they build an open air stadium, hands down the best home field advantage in the league once they build their team around it.

  37. cusoman says: May 10, 2011 5:55 PM

    smoothjimmyapollo says:
    May 10, 2011 5:15 PM
    “I love how more Packer fans feel the need to post on almost every Vikings related thread here.”

    Isn’t that a lot like how Viking fans post on every Packer thread around here? It’s a rivalry. Trash talking is a part of it.

    —————————

    Except that that doesn’t happen. Take a gander for yourself if you don’t believe me. Yeah, there’s a few here and there, but the Packer posters on Vikings stories FAR outnumber the Vikings posters on Packer stories.

  38. theytukrjobs says: May 10, 2011 5:55 PM

    There is one sticking point.

    Dayton is saying this location requires $240 million in infrastructure update. The Vikings and Arden Hills think it requires vastly less than that. The reason for the difference in pricetags is that Dayton is saying the freeways themselves need to be repaved and updated, while the Vikings maintain they only require a couple exit ramps and access roads.

    Unless Dayton plays dirty pool to force a downtown site this thing should really go through. Dayton already said the State would pitch in 300 million for a downtown or Arden site. But ge could retract that if the Vikings don’t agree to pay a 240 million roads fee that he feels is necessary and the Vikings don’t.

    In all reality, a downtown site is overall a better solution due to location and existing infrastructure. But the Minneapolis offer was atrocious in comparison with the Arden Hills offer so the Vikings realize that Arden is their best possible chance to keep the team local.

    As a fan I’m at the point where I’d take anything that keeps them here. The one awesome part of the Arden site is that they can build it for tailgating. Enough room for 20k+ parking spots. You can really make it an all day event with that much space.

  39. 28purple4mvp says: May 10, 2011 5:58 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    May 10, 2011 4:56 PM
    They’re going to build it on a Superfund* site. You can’t make it up.

    Mommy, why do the vikes players have tails?

    * that’s a hazardous waste site for you morons.

    your intire state is hazardous waste-what is your point-

  40. goombar2 says: May 10, 2011 5:59 PM

    If they were smart they’d make it for only 25,000 people… That way they could insure that folks could watch this team on Sundays.

  41. kevpft says: May 10, 2011 6:04 PM

    Especially these days, the funding of new stadiums is a mess, and a controversial one at that.

    But apart from any of those issues, I am glad the MINNESOTA VIKINGS will survive. I don’t like the whims of billionaires changing the traditions and culture of the game. (Sorry, Oklahoma City, this means you.) Sometimes it works out well (see Baltimore Ravens, IMO the only ‘recent’ new team to really matter), but most of the time I hate it.

    So cheers to the long-time fans of the Vikings. The Vikes are part of the color of the NFL, and I hope they stay that way.

  42. truvikingfan says: May 10, 2011 6:05 PM

    For anyone who hasn’t read the press release, and some have, here are some details….

    The Vikings WILL pick up any over runs on spending. Ramsey county will institute a .05% sales tax. The state willl generate a sports themed lottery scratch off game, and additional sales tax on sports memorabilia, and a tax on “other” activities at the new site. In case you are wondering, all of these “new” taxes are on items that you CHOOSE to buy. Therefore, if you do not want to contribute to the stadium, than don’t buy it!

    This is an EXTREMELY good deal (IMO), and we would be fools not to do this. I live in the north suburbs here, and trust me….there are plenty of established business’ that would profit GREATLY from this. Many restaurants, shopping malls, hotels….not too mention what will be built on site as well.

    This isn’t just a stadium and parking lot going in…it will turn out to be a MAJOR center of business, including several different types. This needs to get done.

  43. Wisconsin77 says: May 10, 2011 6:09 PM

    As a Packer fan I am glad this rivalry will stay intact.

  44. mnnightowl says: May 10, 2011 6:14 PM

    “But to the extent that the absence of a local partner was holding up the process, that impediment has not been removed.”

    Hopefully that is an unfortunate not/now typo.

  45. cusoman says: May 10, 2011 6:53 PM

    theytukrjobs says:
    May 10, 2011 5:55 PM
    There is one sticking point.

    Dayton is saying this location requires $240 million in infrastructure update. The Vikings and Arden Hills think it requires vastly less than that. The reason for the difference in pricetags is that Dayton is saying the freeways themselves need to be repaved and updated, while the Vikings maintain they only require a couple exit ramps and access roads.

    ————————–

    I’m fairly certain Gov. Dayton’s numbers were based on the MSFC’s estimations, which, as someone here already pointed out, are obviously going to be biased against the Arden Hills site.

    The Vikings will obviously due their due diligence and get the proper estimates from 3rd party sources who have no stake in the matter, and it looks like they are willing to pay the overruns on spending, which transportation infrastructure falls under.

    Make no mistake, this is the most promising effort on this yet since the ill-fated Anoka site several years ago, and the Vikings are playing it smart this time and not allowing Minneapolis to lure them away with false promises.

    It’ll get done.

  46. goombar2 says: May 10, 2011 7:45 PM

    That’s funny, I just got done watching the news and boy you gotta read the fine print that may or may not be on that press release.

    First, all sides have the right out of this agreement until the state actually passes it. And the state senate can’t even pass a budget right now and Koch, the woman who leads the republican majority, won’t even discuss this. No way it passes when they can’t even get together on a budget.

    Second, nobody is really figuring in the infrastructure costs, and certainly not the vikings – who would be the last of the three to have to come up with the money for the roads and what not. It’s either the county or state that is on the hook for that tab.

    So in conclusion, this really isn’t news and is only a publicity stunt to play Arden Hills against Minneapolis. It’s pretty doubtful at this point Arden Hills is really in the running, because behind getting a new dome is also the idea it could host a Super Bowl (isn’t that a funny idea) or get Final Four tourneys.

    But being out in the boonies and not really accessible doesn’t make the location a viable spot. It also is pretty far away from hotels and anything to do. So you guys can cheer this victory, but most Easter chocolate rabbits are less hollow. This was just done to get another bid…

  47. therealfranchise says: May 10, 2011 8:13 PM

    Blah, blah, blah LA, blah, blah, blah. I’m glad that issue is over with. Being a transplant from that area, the fans there suck more than Jenna Jameson on a coke binge.

    Arden Hills will be a great spot. Ramsey county has already said the roads need help with or without a stadium. Being someone who has driven this corridor, they are TERRIBLE.

    The Gov is offering up less money if the Vikes use the Arden Hills site over the downtown one. Fine. The state is still responsible for the roads and a roof if they want it.

    As for Carl’s worries about a “toxic waste dump”. You Sconnies will fit right in.

  48. deconjonesbitchslap says: May 10, 2011 8:17 PM

    Minnesotans are sick of crappy, underachieving , irrelevant losers. all Minnesota sports suck. and not just suck. they are at the bottom of their divisions in every single sport at every level. Would anybody notice if the Twolves left? seriously? i don’t think it would make the paper.

    here’s how sad the state of MN sports are:

    The Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) is the best team.

  49. contra74 says: May 10, 2011 8:21 PM

    cusoman says:
    May 10, 2011 5:55 PM
    smoothjimmyapollo says:
    May 10, 2011 5:15 PM
    “I love how more Packer fans feel the need to post on almost every Vikings related thread here.”

    Isn’t that a lot like how Viking fans post on every Packer thread around here? It’s a rivalry. Trash talking is a part of it.

    —————————

    Except that that doesn’t happen. Take a gander for yourself if you don’t believe me. Yeah, there’s a few here and there, but the Packer posters on Vikings stories FAR outnumber the Vikings posters on Packer stories.
    —————
    I fully agree. I cant remember the last time I even clicked on a Packer related story because…well because im a fan of the Vikings and could care less about the Packers.

  50. smoothjimmyapollo says: May 10, 2011 11:59 PM

    Cusoman and contra, the reason you two and other fans might not post as much on Packer stories is because what are you going to point to right now? Anything you point to such as playoff appearances, division championships, rookies of the year is trumped by the Packers being Super Bowl champs. Are you saying Viking fans never taunted about luring Favre there or the two 09 Viking wins? Are you saying no Viking fans used the female spelling for Rodgers’ first name? Surely no Viking fans were calling Rodgers a choker because he had lost his one previous playoff game.

    The whole summer of 2010 was spent with you two as well as pervy, gravy and a cast of others taunting the Packers and their fans. During every week of the Packers playoff run, Viking fans were posting about how Philly or Atlanta or Chicago or Pittsburgh was going to destroy the Packers. Had the Packers lost any of those, I’m sure Viking fans would have stayed away and remained classy as their team failed to qualify for the tournament. Get real.

    The reason Viking fans might seem fewer in numbers is because either A. a large portion are bandwagon fans who jumped ship during the 6-10, two losses to the Packers season, B. because a 4th Lombardi trophy was the ultimate STFU in a season following one where Favre and the Vikings failed to get the job done, or C. there’s a chance their state government can’t seal the deal and they lose their team.

  51. goombar2 says: May 11, 2011 2:10 AM

    Or maybe that’s because the Packers aren’t a circus freaktainment enterprise like the vikes…

    I mean, look at how much is written about this loser viking franchise here? And it’s all ado about nothing really. Look what idiotic thing Frazier said this week… AP is a slave to the man! Cook’s gotta gun, hide the women and children! Oh, and Favre watch!

    And these are stories that anyone can comment on, so this idea that only the viking fans have dibs is… Well, dumb… But when talking vike fans or the viking organization that words “dumb” and “loser” seem to come up a lot. Interesting, maybe the team is taking on the fans identity or maybe the fans take on the identity of the team?

    Chicken/egg argument if you ask me…

  52. thephantomstranger says: May 11, 2011 11:16 AM

    goombar, please point me to the idiotic thing Frazier said this week, because I think you’re getting him mixed up with Chilly, Ticey, or Denny. We finally have a coach with a brain and some class. And unlike McCarthy, he isn’t a slave to the donut.

  53. claymath52 says: May 11, 2011 11:18 AM

    mooseknuckle says:
    May 10, 2011 5:29 PM
    claymath52

    Minnesota doesn’t really want your food stamps here and Sconnies don’t spend money on anything but smokes and lottery tickets so do Minnesota a solid and just stay home.

    …and tell your state leaders (used loosely) to pay back the 60 million that your wasteland of a state owes Minnesota.

    ___________________________________

    See, we never have to worry about stadiums because most of the people in our state actually LIKE our teams (and not only when they win).

    Sconnies played the system right with tax reciprocities and it is more of a geographical issue that screwed MN. I’ll leave it at that because lets be honest, coming to PFT to talk politics only makes you look like a D….(bag).

  54. packerbacker12 says: May 12, 2011 8:56 PM

    “I fully agree. I cant remember the last time I even clicked on a Packer related story because…well because im a fan of the Vikings and could care less about the Packers.”

    Try saying that with a straight face.

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