The Star Tribune is citing multiple sources who say the Vikings, Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak have reached an agreement to construct a $975 million stadium at the current Metrodome site. The newspaper reports the Vikings would pay $427 million, the state would contribute $398 million and Minneapolis would pay $150 million. An official announcement is expected sometime next week. The Legislature, Minneapolis City Council and the NFL would also need to approve the stadium agreement.
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The stadium legislation was released Friday afternoon following the agreement Gov. Mark Dayton, Minneapolis leaders and Vikings owners announced March 1. It proposes constructing a 65,000 seat roofed-stadium near the current Metrodome site for $975 million. $398 million would come from the state, funded by electronic pulltabs. Minneapolis would cover $150 million of the cost and the Vikings would pay the remaining $427 million.
Report: Vikings stadium bill reached
A.J. Mansour of KFAN reports the Vikings, the State of Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis are reportedly close to a deal on a Vikings stadium bill. An agreement is expected to be announced during a press conference at 9:00 a.m. The new stadium site would be located near the Metrodome. The Vikings would be able to play the next two to three seasons at the Dome.
Vikings' stadium deal isn't reached
Governor Mark Dayton met with GOP lawmakers Friday trying to finalize a Vikings' stadium plan. They couldn't agree on one of the three Minneapolis sites or the site in Arden Hills. Dayton plans on scheduling more talks next week in hopes of wrapping up a deal by Thanksgiving.
Report: Vikings close to a new stadium deal in Minnesota
On NBC's Football Night in America, sports writer Peter King reported the Vikings and Minnesota officials are close to a new stadium deal. According to NBC Sports, it's not a matter of "if," but "when." The Vikings have called Minnesota home since their NFL debut in 1961, but the Metrodome lease expires after the 2011 season. The report did not state whether the new stadium would be in Arden Hills or Minneapolis.
Land deals quietly being made for Vikings stadium
Private talks between Minneapolis and private property owners are under way in an effort to acquire several key pieces of land for the new $975 million Vikings stadium, even before the leaders who will oversee its construction have been named. Such deals must be made swiftly so that construction can be completed in time for the stadium's 2016 debut.
Vikings won't pay as much for Minneapolis stadium
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says he won't pay as much money for a stadium built in Minneapolis. He has his eyes set on a stadium in Arden Hills. Wilf will contribute more than $400 million to a stadium in Arden Hills, but says a stadium at any other site won't warrant 'that level of commitment.'
Vikings stadium deal isn't done yet
Although the Vikings stadium bill was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton on Monday, the stadium isn't a guarantee quite yet. It still needs to pass a Minneapolis City Council vote, which will be held May 25. Sources tell ProFootballTalk the vote is expected to go in favor of the Vikings.
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