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Vikings stadium bill coming as soon as Thursday

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The Vikings finally seem to be closing in on their long-awaited new stadium.  And it won’t be built in Southern California.

A.J. Monsour of KFAN reports that the Minnesota Legislature could pass a stadium bill as soon as Thursday.  A press conference has been scheduled for 9:00 a.m. CT.

If the deal is finalized, a new stadium will be built close to the site of the Metrodome, with the Vikings playing in the existing structure for two or three years while construction proceeds.  Then, the Vikings will spend one full season at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium before moving into the new venue, which would open in 2016.

Under the deal, Vikings will pay half of all construction and operating expenses.  It’s expected that the stadium will cost $975 million.

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56 Responses to “Vikings stadium bill coming as soon as Thursday”
  1. rcunningham says: Feb 29, 2012 10:57 PM

    Get it done!!

  2. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Feb 29, 2012 10:58 PM

    this is good news.

    after all of the morons around arden hills that didn’t want to spend a little bit more on a 100.00 grocery tab…

    they would’ve been real happy if the vikes left the state?

  3. gberg09 says: Feb 29, 2012 11:00 PM

    It will be the greatest stadium of all time. Uggggh hu hu hu hu hu hu

  4. canadianvikingfaniii says: Feb 29, 2012 11:01 PM

    This is great news, hopefully all goes well. We’ve been waiting a long time for this.

  5. realnflmaster says: Feb 29, 2012 11:08 PM

    Like anyone cares.

  6. randomcommenter says: Feb 29, 2012 11:09 PM

    Viking Fans voted for Jesse the Body and Stuart Smalley. I can only imagine what kind of brainiacs inhabit their state legislature. Maybe a few cage fighters, ex-hockey goons, Elvis impersonators, and a guy who knows every line from the movie Fargo

  7. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Feb 29, 2012 11:10 PM

    still plenty of time for somebody to goof this whole thing up…again

  8. jenniferxxx says: Feb 29, 2012 11:11 PM

    Socialism for the very very rich.

  9. prplpuzzetrz says: Feb 29, 2012 11:14 PM

    It is 99% done, will sign off on it by thursday, construction will commence by summer! We are on our way! Now they just need to put a decent product on the field to justify the costs!

  10. monctonvike says: Feb 29, 2012 11:16 PM

    Great news for the NFC north great news for football. Get it done

  11. emoney826 says: Feb 29, 2012 11:18 PM

    Like everything else in Minnesota, this will also fall apart.

  12. eastsideballa says: Feb 29, 2012 11:21 PM

    I believe I speak for everybody when I say WHO CARES where the vikings will play!! F*** them

  13. randomjim says: Feb 29, 2012 11:25 PM

    Do we get a Super Bowl w/ it??

  14. pappavike says: Feb 29, 2012 11:30 PM

    It’s about time! Stadium, Free agents, And the draft. Getting younger could be a lot of fun? If they at least try!

  15. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 29, 2012 11:32 PM

    There is no deal unless a majority of the Minneapolis city council agrees that they will vote for it. Wake me when that happens.

  16. mcjon22 says: Feb 29, 2012 11:33 PM

    This is good news, because Jacksonville deserves to loose their football team, not Minnesota

  17. gb4mn0 says: Feb 29, 2012 11:36 PM

    So the dedication plaque in 2016 will read: Let this stadium serve as a monument to or brazen stupidity and undying commitment to supporting our vikequeefs the team that stands above all other sports teams as the unchallenged champions of abject failure.

  18. zn0rseman says: Feb 29, 2012 11:45 PM

    Why is it that I suspect that after this stadium is built, it will still be inferior to most other NFL stadiums?

  19. adiddie says: Feb 29, 2012 11:45 PM

    Wait wait wait. So this is it? No waiting for the house to pass this or anything?

  20. arcaero says: Feb 29, 2012 11:45 PM

    pop the bag

  21. jimmysee says: Feb 29, 2012 11:46 PM

    Not over ’till the fat lady sings.

  22. vike129 says: Feb 29, 2012 11:55 PM

    Finally some good news for the Vikings!Now lets go get Peyton and jump back into the playoffs.

  23. fijabbersman345 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:21 AM

    Where the heck did this come from? Funny how we haven’t had a Vikings stadium update in like two days and it feels like it’s been forever…I guess it was that over mentioned.
    BUT YES!!!!!

  24. rallen69 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:23 AM

    its about time

  25. childplease10 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:26 AM

    Championship

  26. raidersfreak says: Mar 1, 2012 12:30 AM

    Going to check the star tribune but last I heard there will be a bill but it has to be approved by the city council who were holding tight on voting no. But a little green can go a long way.

    If this true congratz it is over and TBH LA really would like a team but taking the tradition from Minnesota and bringing it to LA is just plain stupid.

    San Diego and Oakland need stadiums and I think California should take care of their own first if willing.

  27. vikesfan23 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:37 AM

    It’s about time. The Vikings belong in Minnesota and whether or not politicians believe it, having a pro football team does benefit to the fortification of the economy in the state of Minnesota!!

  28. vikesfan23 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:37 AM

    Ahrooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. raidersfreak says: Mar 1, 2012 12:38 AM

    Ok just read the article so a deal will be aprovved but here is the low down from the star tribune about getting it passed and I will quote

    “The next step would be for a bill to be introduced that contains the basic terms of the deal. About half the 2012 session remains before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn in late April — time enough, most legislators say, for the bill to be heard and passed.

    Even if the bill were to pass at the Capitol, the deal still would need approval by the Minneapolis City Council. At least seven of the council’s 13 members are on record as opposing the city’s participation in a stadium deal without putting it to the people for a vote.”

    I hope it passes Go Vikes!!!!

  30. southcakpanther says: Mar 1, 2012 12:43 AM

    I thought the vikings were supposed to be this storied franchise with this huge fan base. Why don’t you guys pay for the whole stadium instead of half of it? Man up and buy PSLs.

  31. textexington says: Mar 1, 2012 12:54 AM

    Packers > Viqueefs.LOLZ.

  32. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Mar 1, 2012 12:58 AM

    Arden Hills lost a huge revenue source and it’s a bummer too because it would have been a much better venue… no matter glad it’s done

    skol

  33. ramitbaby says: Mar 1, 2012 1:05 AM

    What the new stadium WON’T be called: The House that the Second Pick in 2012 Built.

  34. letsgolos says: Mar 1, 2012 1:11 AM

    Would it be open-air or domed?

  35. charlieharper04 says: Mar 1, 2012 1:34 AM

    2 or 3 more years at the humpty dome, depressing.

  36. purpwalk says: Mar 1, 2012 1:56 AM

    they’ll hafta bypass the city council, but whatever it takes, IT’S GOTTA GET DONE!!!!

  37. wipurplepride says: Mar 1, 2012 2:01 AM

    Where’s Larry the Cable Guy when you need em?

  38. mattbydlon says: Mar 1, 2012 2:01 AM

    Good progress, but the hardest part (getting the votes to pass it) still looms large…

    Get it done.

  39. petersonisthepurplejesus says: Mar 1, 2012 2:28 AM

    YES!!! Finally, after months of coverage in the star tribune and every where else, a bill has been created…now for the hard part, getting MN legislature to pass it…

  40. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 1, 2012 3:32 AM

    Zigi sold out, should of stuck with Arden hills or packed up the mayflower trucks.

  41. joj0420 says: Mar 1, 2012 5:18 AM

    wheres all those haters that said we was moving to LA? #getoffournuts

  42. dobberdubinsky says: Mar 1, 2012 6:04 AM

    Please don’t let this be another false alarm, get it done Minnesota!!!

  43. dccowboy says: Mar 1, 2012 6:22 AM

    Good news. Not a fan of the Vikings in particular (not a hater either), but, the Vikings should be in Minnesota. It’s a tradition thing.

    Besides ‘LA Vikings’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  44. effjohntaylornorelation says: Mar 1, 2012 6:23 AM

    I sincerely hope our government(s) will find the will or a way to overturn the NFL blackout rules with more and more taxpayer money being given to private businesses. I love football but I also want to see the games that we help fund.

  45. fngs1 says: Mar 1, 2012 6:53 AM

    Good, it is nice to know that I will still have my two weeks of talking @%$# to all my friends that are Viking fans. The up or down side to it is that I won’t have to worry about the next time they need to build a stadium. Heres to the next 30-40 years of hating my friends for two weeks a year, or vice versa.

  46. johnnyb216 says: Mar 1, 2012 6:55 AM

    LA Vikings!!!

  47. bluefan204 says: Mar 1, 2012 7:07 AM

    By close of business today, the headline will read

    “New stadium deal in Minny in jeopardy!!1!”

    followed by

    “Stadium deal all but done”

    followed by

    “Vikes in danger of moving to LA”

    Seriously, no one cares about the uncertainty. Call us when you have an iron-clad story to report, instead of telling us what MIGHT happen every day for 6 months

  48. joedallas says: Mar 1, 2012 7:16 AM

    All Vikings Fans,

    Wait until you see what a game will cost at the new stadium. First you will pay a seat license fee and then what is now a $59 seat will escalate to $149!

    Good luck!

  49. theytukrjobs says: Mar 1, 2012 9:35 AM

    PFT should data mine the “vikes to LA” comments. I’d like to know the total number of idiots who thought they’d leave, total number of posts made by said idiots, and the most posts made by a single idiot.

    Granted this is not a done deal but it should be obvious from how this process has progressed that there is virtually no chance of the team leaving. Goodell said as much.

  50. mark921129 says: Mar 1, 2012 9:44 AM

    As a Lions fan, i am glad the Vikings and the NFC North will remain intact.

  51. propertyofthebroncos says: Mar 1, 2012 10:02 AM

    how many times have we heard they’re close? not believing it until its official. if they do how about they man up and have an open air stadium and play the way football was meant to be played?

  52. valhallarising says: Mar 1, 2012 10:19 AM

    I feel like this headline is a bit misleading…but hopefully all of the right wheels have been greased and there is a deal coming soon. And why as an NFL fan, and as a real fan of your own team, would you wish that another city’s fans lose their team? i.e. all of you out there chanting “LA Vikings” out of spite. I hate the Packers and Bears teams with a passion but never would I wish for their teams to move cities. Stop the hate and go be a “fan” of your own team.

  53. dadawg77 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:23 AM

    So everyone is happy that the tax payers are giving a billionaire a half billion dollars for a very profitable business. Seems like a good deal there.

  54. squared80 says: Mar 1, 2012 10:24 AM

    Anyone who keep saying the Vikes are going to LA know nothing about the NFL or the state of Minnesota. Everyone here knows they aren’t going to leave, and the NFL would not allow it. This isn’t a franchise like the Jaguars or Rams who struggle to sell tickets and have a weak fanbase. The Twin Cities are a VIKINGS town, not a Twins town… and it’s not even close.

    I wish it was going up in Arden Hills so we could have parking and tailgating, but wherever, I guess.

  55. keevel says: Mar 1, 2012 1:01 PM

    Great news for the NFC north. Here’s hoping the deal gets done.

    Would love to see a Packer game in the new stadium when it gets done and glad I won’t have to drive to Duluth to do it.

  56. pappavike says: Mar 1, 2012 4:38 PM

    Arden Hills would have been great for the Vikes and fans alike! But as long as a new Vikes stadium is built all is good! anybody that thinks this won’t be passed is being silly, All polliticians that have a say in the matter want or need something, All the right wheels will get Greased!!

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