Monday, September 19, 2005

Now for some breaking news

Great, the team that can’t get their stuff together may get a new stadium.

BREAKING NEWS: Vikings, Anoka County reach stadium deal
Kevin Seifert
The Vikings will announce tomorrow an agreement to build a $675 million stadium and related development in Anoka County.

A press conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m. in Blaine, near the site where new owner Zygi Wilf plans to build the structure, a Vikings team official said.

Wilf and the NFL plan to combine on a $250 million contribution, while Anoka County will provide $240 million through a county-wide sales tax.

The Vikings and Anoka County will ask the state for the nearly $200 million in infrastructure costs.
(Source: Star Tribune Online, September, 19, 2005)

Why don’t the Vikes focus on winning at least one regular season game before they think about a taxpayer funded stadium.


At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

$200 million from the state?

So the Vikings get different rules for their new stadium than the Twins? For 10 years we here "no state money for a Twins stadium" but now for the Vikings we are supposed to give $200 million?

I ask this question because it seems like a done deal. Why else would the parties involved spend the time to do this if they didn't already have an indication that it would be a go?

At 10:19 PM, Blogger lloydletta said...

It was always the plan that the Vikings plan was going to have some state money.

I oppose taxpayer money for these schemes. It's especially appalling when basic services - like transit and libraries are getting cut.

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

Sports contribute highly to the quality of life in Minnesota, so I'm not 100% against new stadiums. However, the Vikes aren't contributing to that high quality of life we're used to in Minnesota.


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