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Vikings will contribute $407 million to Ramsey County stadium effort

Larry Spooner AP

It’s official.  Sort of.

Though the clumsy-at-times press conference conducted by Ramsey County powers-that-be had an air of finality, a new Vikings stadium has not yet received a full green light.  For now, the franchise has picked a location, and Arden Hills will be the home of the new Vikings stadium.

If, that is, the Vikings and Ramsey County can persuade the Minnesota Legislature to pass a bill that would contribute a large chunk of the funding for the total project.

Assuming that the elected officials elect to pass the bill, the Vikings will have in roughly three years a $1 billion facility, for which the Vikings will contribute $407 million.

“Reaching an agreement with Ramsey County as our local partner is a major milestone in our efforts to finalize a long-term stadium solution, and we are pleased to have found such a strong and forthright partner,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said. “While we certainly appreciate the proposal by the City of Minneapolis, as well as the recent efforts by Hennepin County, we believe the Ramsey County site offers the most benefits to our fans, the team and the State and is the ideal site for a new stadium.”

The new stadium, if it’s built, will sit 10 miles north of the Twin Cities.  It will have a retractable roof, and the parking lots will bring back to Minnesota the tradition of tailgating.

When, that is, 30 inches of snow isn’t on the ground.  Or on the roof of the new stadium, which hopefully will be both retractable and non-collapsible.

“With a local partner and a site locked in, we can now focus on working with legislators and the governor to pass a stadium bill that secures the long-term future of the Vikings in Minnesota and supports thousands of much-needed jobs,” said Vikings president Mark Wilf.  “We look forward to working with State leaders to determine the State’s contribution.”

As long as that contribution is a lot closer to $300 million than $0.00, it could be time to throw some confetti.  Until then, the Vikings and Ramsey County should keep the cork in the champagne bottles.

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30 Responses to “Vikings will contribute $407 million to Ramsey County stadium effort”
  1. webehighrollin says: May 10, 2011 5:13 PM

    Aray? When are the 49ers getting a new stadium homeboiii

  2. stellarperformance says: May 10, 2011 5:13 PM

    This location will unleash a whole new group of Viking fans. The current regulars will soon begin to whine about the new venue being too far away and use it as an excuse to stay home and watch it on TV.

  3. kernelreefer says: May 10, 2011 5:20 PM

    Anything to get a stadium deal done is alright in my book!

    State-of-the art facilities, tons of new space – especially for tailgating, fan support, and opportunities to host Super Bowls and Finals 4s? I’m excited.

    Now, it’s just up to the legislature… oh, I think I just got a sense of foreboding.

  4. thephantomstranger says: May 10, 2011 5:24 PM

    The state’s current plan for raising their part of the money is nothing but smoke and mirrors. Unless they come up with a real plan that doesn’t involve basing income tax rates on job titles, this won’t happen until next year.

  5. thephantomstranger says: May 10, 2011 5:26 PM

    The only bad thing about having the site in Arden Hills is that it will take 3 years longer to blow up the Metrodome.

  6. nflcraziness says: May 10, 2011 5:41 PM

    Hopefully Dayton will keep his word and push this through. Maybe Wisconsin can pay back its debt to Minn. and contribute to the Vikings stadium, wouldn’t that be sweet!

  7. mediasloppy says: May 10, 2011 5:41 PM

    I think the Farmers Market area in Minneapolis was perfect, but after years of trying to get a stadium I’m just a fan of get it done…

  8. 28purple4mvp says: May 10, 2011 6:12 PM

    Maybe Wisconsin can pay back its debt to Minn. and contribute to the Vikings stadium, wouldn’t that be sweet!!!

    TRUE THAT

  9. edenprairieballer says: May 10, 2011 6:12 PM

    While I am not a fan of the Arden Hills site (or the general Blaine area for that matter) I am glad that it is looking like the Vikings will get a new stadium.

  10. brazy44 says: May 10, 2011 6:13 PM

    if the tax payers are going to foot the bill, say 60% of the cost, they should in return receive 60% of the profits the new stadium receives.
    Our governments should be profit centers, instead of cost centers. Think of it, we use our tax dollars to buy an oil company and produce gas, etc. Capitalism will still rein, you can go to Chevron or Government owned gas station, where the money made by the government owned gas station goes back into funding government programs, which in turn could lessen our income tax burden.

  11. endzonezombie says: May 10, 2011 6:39 PM

    I don’t see why the Vikings can’t get a better deal than this in Los Angeles.

  12. mtnoll says: May 10, 2011 7:01 PM

    Yet another professional sports team dupes its fans into funding a new stadium. As if the billions of dollars we already spend on the franchise isn’t enough (seriously, where is all that money going!?!).

    Why don’t these organizations put away a certain amount of money each year so 20 years from now when it’s time to renovate or build a new stadium they have the money available to do so? God forbid, stadium costs cut into their profits.

    The argument that the public should help pay for the stadium because it will provide new jobs and economic growth in the area is poor. While those things often are effects of new stadiums, the public shouldn’t have to pay money to create the opportunity to pour even more money into new small businesses.

    It is the OWNER’S responsibility to provide and maintain the stadium NOT the public!!

  13. valman61 says: May 10, 2011 7:08 PM

    Brazy44-

    Then the govt business gains a competitive advantage over the private sector due to size, resources, and politics. Slowly but surely the government has a stronghold on every industry. Then your only employment opportunity becomes the government and they get to decide what you can and can not be. And then you have this thing the Chinese know all about, it’s called communism.

    In the USA we have a free market capitalist driven democracy. Where the government puts up money to build a site, like a stadium. Private business hold events, open surrounding business, and attract tourists to the city. This strengthens the economy and government collects taxes as a % of everything. This in turn funds your government so your tax rates should hypothetically stabilize or decrease, all the while you maintain the right to host your own stadium event, open your business in the area, or get a job at one of these places. Whatever you decide and your qualifications afford you. Therefore you are free to do as you choose, not what the government allows you. This is called a free market democracy.

    Your welcome for the economics and politics 101 lecture for today. I will provide the next chapter upon reading the next ignorant post you provide.

  14. theytukrjobs says: May 10, 2011 8:45 PM

    There really is only one potential issue.

    Dayton said the state would throw in $300 million regardless of where the stadium was located. If he stays true to his word, this thing can get done. But if you think this will be easy then you have no idea the incompetence of Minnesota politicians.

    The best thing about this deal is that outside of Ramsey County sales tax there is a very small burden on the taxpayers. Most of the expenses are things that people can choose not to pay and are targetted at sports fans. So at least we won’t hear as much people bitching about “great we are spending on a billionaire mansion”…

    Oh wait, nevermind.

  15. axespray says: May 10, 2011 9:09 PM

    28purple4mvp says:
    May 10, 2011 6:12 PM
    Maybe Wisconsin can pay back its debt to Minn. and contribute to the Vikings stadium, wouldn’t that be sweet!!!
    TRUE THAT

    ^ umm…no.

    Go ask north or south dakota for money, we funding our own stuff, like building?…..stuff!

  16. rcali says: May 10, 2011 9:39 PM

    Only $600,000 more to go to build Ziggy’s oversized personal box Minny Tax payers!!!!! Enjoy your cramped PSL seats!

  17. skolvikes says: May 10, 2011 10:26 PM

    Go ask north or south dakota for money, we funding our own stuff, like building?…..stuff!

    _______

    North and South Dakota don’t owe us $58 million like Wisconsin does. But keep “funding your own stuff, like building”… hopefully better schools for starters.

  18. nflcraziness says: May 10, 2011 10:27 PM

    Biggest loser??? Mayor of Minneapolis. Perhaps include the Vikings in your business plan… Ever heard of buy-in? Especially from the entity contributing the most $. Might have been a significant oversite on your part, ya think? Day late, dollar short…

  19. ruvelligwebuike says: May 10, 2011 10:28 PM

    “Maybe Wisconsin can pay back its debt to Minn. and contribute to the Vikings stadium, wouldn’t that be sweet!!!
    TRUE THAT”
    ————–

    Come on, now. Everyone who’s ever been to Minnesota knows that money will be spent on making bridges pretty, sculpture gardens that no one knows are there and project building beautification projects. All image, no substance. That state’s flag should feature a ten gallon hat with a midget wearing it.

  20. rajbais says: May 10, 2011 11:30 PM

    Well, if you can have the league’s highest payroll in 2010 then you can give over $400 million to the stadium buildup.

    I personally had a good feeling about Arden Hills after watching stadium-related videos on the Vikings team website. It looked like a mutual landing spot for the Vikings and the people that wanted it there.

  21. randomjim says: May 11, 2011 12:08 AM

    WHERE ARE ALL THE L.A. VIKING EXPERTS?? Idiots.

  22. mullwall412 says: May 11, 2011 1:17 AM

    im just sayin, vikes should play outside

  23. robertallen1958 says: May 11, 2011 1:38 AM

    i got an idea, lets invest $600,000 in or countrys school systems, we take tax money away from education but we fund a new stadium, we are totally a stupid people, just stupid when we do this kind of thing

  24. tiesto49 says: May 11, 2011 2:31 AM

    they should combine minnesota and jacksonville into one team, move them to LA and play in the rose bowl. name them the LA warriors. problem solved and gets rid of two pointless teams into a single one worth having…

  25. randomjim says: May 11, 2011 8:44 AM

    robertallen1958 says:
    May 11, 2011 1:38 AM
    i got an idea, lets invest $600,000 in or countrys school systems, we take tax money away from education but we fund a new stadium, we are totally a stupid people, just stupid when we do this kind of thing
    ==================================== Or maybe our school systems should learn how to spend their money better. Flat screens to have the lunch menu, computers that are used only a small fraction of the time only to be discarded because they are not up to date. Schools are always asking for a larger budget than the year before.
    A new stadium can produce construction jobs when those jobs are at a low right now. All the new businesses that will go up around the stadium & the tax revenue it brings IN.

  26. gregjennings85 says: May 11, 2011 9:47 AM

    28purple4mvp:

    “Maybe Wisconsin can pay back its debt to Minn. and contribute to the Vikings stadium, wouldn’t that be sweet!!!

    TRUE THAT”

    ________________________________

    1.) Is everyone in Minnesota under the impression that they live on the outskirts of the ghetto? Anyone I have ever met there has a friend who is thinks he’s on the show the wire, and meanwhile is in his 7th year of community college while living in his mom’s basement in the suburbs.

    2.) Wisconsin paying for a Vikings stadium it’ll be a cold day in…well…Wisconsin before…wait…

    3.) Seriously, I’m glad to hear this deal is close to being done. While I hate all of our NFC North opponents, I would never want to see one relocated.

  27. purplehayseuss says: May 11, 2011 11:32 AM

    endzonezombie says: May 10, 2011 6:39 PM

    I don’t see why the Vikings can’t get a better deal than this in Los Angeles.
    ***

    Hey, Idiot: They COULD get a way better deal there. But it means the Vikings LEAVING Minnesota. And no one wants that, not even fans of the Holy Pack. After all, they would lose a large group of opposing fans to spit on and moon in the parking lot.

    They would never ever stop bashing here on this venue, but the targets for their superiority and pontificating would be harder to find.

    Can’t have that, now can we?

  28. contra74 says: May 11, 2011 12:35 PM

    28purple4mvp says:
    May 10, 2011 6:12 PM
    Maybe Wisconsin can pay back its debt to Minn. and contribute to the Vikings stadium, wouldn’t that be sweet!!!
    ————————
    PAY UP! We can get it all back with interest within a week if the Overweight Citizen Tax is pushed through Wisconsin legislation.

  29. gregjennings85 says: May 11, 2011 3:04 PM

    Meanwhile, since 2005, Minnesota has had one of the largest increases (3.5%) in percentage of obese people.

    You guys are like that super-fit girl in high school that made fun of all the fat kids, and then at your ten year reunion you’re pushing 3 bills.

    Keep it up.

  30. brewdogg says: May 11, 2011 6:00 PM

    gregjennings85 says:
    May 11, 2011 3:04 PM
    Meanwhile, since 2005, Minnesota has had one of the largest increases (3.5%) in percentage of obese people.

    You guys are like that super-fit girl in high school that made fun of all the fat kids, and then at your ten year reunion you’re pushing 3 bills.

    Keep it up.
    ———————————————-
    Really? Here it says that the 2009 figures are lower than the 3-year average….

    http://calorielab.com/news/2010/06/28/fattest-states-2010/

    Oh yeah, and Wisconsin was considerably higher than its 3-year average.

    Feel free to post the link where you found your info.

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