Late last week, the Vikings and the powers-that-be in Minnesota reached a tentative deal to build a new stadium. On Tuesday, Governor Mark Dayton and owner Zygi Wilf said after a meeting to discuss the situation that a final deal is coming.
“There are still matters to be negotiated, particularly with the city of Minneapolis,” Dayton said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “The number of issues that remain are limited and can be overcome if all parties are willing.”
And while the plan calls for the stadium to be built near the Metrodome, Wilf isn’t ready to slam the door on the team’s previous preference, Arden Hills.
“I’m never going to say never,” Wilf said regarding the more rural option in Arden Hills. “We’re very close on hammering a deal right now for the Minneapolis location at [the] Metrodome.”
Even if that deal gets “hammered out,” the challenge will be to nail it down with the Legislature and the Minneapolis City Council. Though the project finally has momentum (even though the Vikings currently have no leverage), the notion of taxpayer contribution continues to be controversial in the Twin Cities, and it’s an election year.