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.
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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.
Vikings Stadium bill in the state Senate unveiled
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.
Vikings eyeing another stadium site
The Star Tribune reports Vikings vice president Lester Bagley and Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission chairman Ted Mondale are looking at a site southeast of the Metrodome. Bagley told the newspaper "it would be ideal to build a stadium next door and play in the Dome." If the team plays at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank stadium, it could cost an estimated $48 million for up to three seasons.
'No blackout' amendment to Vikings' stadium bill could work afterall
The state Senate adopted an amendment to the Vikings' stadium bill on Tuesday that would prevent home games at the new stadium from being blacked out to the local TV audience. The idea seemed impossible at the time, but it turns out it could work.
Vikings stadium backers say deal coming this morning
The long-awaited stadium agreement would reportedly put the Vikings new home on the eastern edge of the current Metrodome site. It also would separate stadium funding from a renovation of Target Center.
Report: Preliminary stadium deal reached
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.
Vikings to meet with Minneapolis officials regarding stadium
With the Metrodome lease expiring at the end of the season, the Vikings have agreed to meet with Minneapolis officials to discuss building a stadium in the city. The Vikings, although willing to talk, remain dedicated to building in Ramsey County.
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