The newly created five-member Minnesota Sports Facility Authority, which will work with the Minnesota Vikings to oversee construction of a $975 million downtown Minneapolis football stadium, named Ted Mondale as its executive director. Mondale, who advocated on behalf of the Dayton administration for the stadium, will earn an annual salary of $157,181.
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Five national architectural and engineering firms have submitted renderings and plans for a new $975 million Vikings stadium. The finalists include Kansas City-based Populous, formerly known as HOK Sport, the company that designed new homes for the Minnesota Twins, Wild and University of Minnesota football team.
Short list of stadium authority names surfaces
KSTP has obtained a list of candidates who may be in the running for positions on the new Vikings Stadium Authority, which will oversee the billion-dollar project. Among them: Ted Mondale and Duane Benson, the former head of the Minnesota Business Partnership and retired NFL player.
Vikings, authority aim to narrow stadium design choice
The Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority aren't dragging their feet in their effort to keep the new stadium project on track. It's possible that this week they could narrow a field of five architectural firms bidding on the $975 million project. Two or three of the recently submitted bids really stood out, a team spokesman told KSTP.
Vikings stadium taxes worry charities
Charities that hoped the Vikings stadium deal would bring them tax relief now worry that they may actually wind up paying more. The deal contains several tax changes that charities had requested. But the overall tax structure, which favors charities using games with higher payout rates, concerns many.
Minneapolis council preps for stadium vote
Now that Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the $975 million Minnesota Vikings stadium bill, it's the Minneapolis City Council's turn to get the ball. In April, seven of the 13 council members endorsed the stadium, and proponents hope that support will hold firm when the council again takes up the issue this month. But the bill -- signed Monday at a ceremony in the Capitol rotunda -- has changed since the council last saw it.
Vikings suggest using tax revenue from team to cover public share of stadium
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