Wilfs commit $19.5 million more to new Vikings stadium

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Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf increased their private contribution to the new Vikings stadium by an additional $19.5 million on Thursday.

According to Vikings.com, the money will go into the overall stadium budget and be used to pay for things like "plaza enhancements, food service equipment, event level space build-outs for game day entertainment and staff, retractable seating upgrades, a Club Purple deck that overlooks downtown Minneapolis, among others."

“Our focus remains on providing a first-class experience to our fans,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “When the process is over and we open this building in 2016, we want to say we did what we could to ensure the best game day experience possible.”

 (Photo from Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority)

(Photo from Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority)

The Wilfs are now on the books for approximately 51 percent of the stadium's cost ($551 million of the now $1.061 billion project).

The Vikings on Thursday also launched a“Legacy Bricks” program allowing people to buy bricks with personalized inscriptions that will be part of the three-acre west plaza at the stadium. Individual bricks start at $160.

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