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Vikings home opener signals start of new stadium push

The Minnesota Vikings are beginning a major push for a new stadium in the coming weeks to convince the governor to call a special session. Team VP Lester Bageley tells WCCO-TV the Vikings are negotiating a deal to chip in more than the 400-million dollars they’ve previously committed.
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The Minnesota Vikings are beginning a major push for a new stadium in the coming weeks to convince the governor to call a special session. Team VP Lester Bageley tells WCCO-TV the Vikings are negotiating a deal to chip in more than the 400-million dollars they’ve previously committed.

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