Skip to main content

Stadium contract not final, but tens of millions already spent


The final contracts for stadium construction are on hold, but Minnesota has already traveled tens of millions of dollars down the road to a new home for the Vikings.

The Associated Press reports nearly two dozen contracts have been signed with architects, lawyers, engineers, and consultants. The big-ticket item so far is the $34 million paid to an architecture firm, but the AP says the highest-paid consultants are commanding nearly $400 an hour.

Does that mean we've reached the point of no return? The chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says no but tells the AP that tipping point will probably arrive in early November.

The question is germane because the authority decided last week to postpone a final agreement with Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf until a closer examination of their financial practices is complete.

That audit was prompted by a judge's ruling that the Wilfs defrauded their business partners in a New Jersey real estate deal more than 20 years ago. That ruling unnerved state officials - including Gov. Mark Dayton - and led to the hiring of an attorney to more closely scrutinize the Wilfs' business practices before Minnesota locks in to the stadium deal.

Final contract approval was originally scheduled for Friday. There's no new timeline but the parties involved still look excited about the new stadium, judging from the websites of the Vikings and the Sports Facilities Authority.

Next Up

18 wheeler - tractor trailer - semi truck

MN trucking firm that used 'strength tests' to screen out women drivers to pay $500K

The company will pay $500,000 and offer jobs to the women it discriminated against.

mpd suspect 12.3.21 - 1 - CROP

On-the-run man charged with murder in fatal shooting at gas station

The suspect hasn't been arrested, and court documents say he poses a risk to public safety.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, December 8

The latest details from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Screen Shot 2021-12-05 at 9.27.07 AM

Couple ending festive lights display after dispute with sheriff over trespassing

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald addressed complaints from over the summer on Facebook Saturday.

st louis co missing person terry - edit

MN man, 60, still missing despite 'extensive search efforts'

Local authorities are now asking for the public's help locating the man.

uncle sven's

Beloved Uncle Sven's Comic Shoppe in St. Paul closes after 39 years

The hallway-sized shop with "a big heart" closed in late November.

Screen Shot 2021-12-06 at 9.07.03 AM

'Weird Al' Yankovic to perform in 3 Minnesota cities in the summer

The singer will make stops in Duluth, Mankato and Minneapolis.

dual citizen brewing

St. Paul brewery to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test

Staff will also be required to wear masks and test negative for COVID.

snow, snowplow

Winter storm watch issued as Friday storm track wobbles

The latest model runs show the heaviest snow a bit north of where the watch is in place.

Cam Talbot / Minnesota Wild

Talbot leads Wild to 7th straight victory

The Wild opened a four-game road trip with a win in Edmonton.