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With Minneapolis on board, stadium focus turns to last two hurdles

Minneapolis officials say they have the necessary support for a Vikings stadium plan. Now supporters must tackle opposition from charities whose revenue would be tapped to pay for the project, and the daunting task of securing a required back-up financing plan.
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Minneapolis officials say they have the necessary support for a Vikings stadium plan. Now supporters must tackle opposition from charities whose revenue would be tapped to pay for the project, and the daunting task of securing a required back-up financing plan.

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