Wilfs sweeten Vikings Stadium pot with extra $30 million

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Will this concept ever see the light of day?
Friday was supposed to be deadline day for the Minnesota Vikings owners and the Legislature to reach a deal for a billion-dollar stadium in Ramsey County supported in part by taxpayers.

They blew the deadline, they're still talking, and the state is still going to kick in a third of the cost, even as it prepares for a government shutdown over the $5 billion budget impasse.

It sounds as though Gov. Mark Dayton isn't budging off the $300 million state contribution, and that team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf may toss in another $30 million over their previous commitment to try and seal the deal.

Sid Hartman's predicting this morning the bill "will be passed at a special session of the Legislature after the budget is settled."

That sounds a little premature, since it doesn't look as though the budget mess is anywhere close to being settled, but maybe Sid's got an inside line on state politics, as well as Schloss Wilf.

Meantime, there's more bad news for the Metrodome, and its target of being back in service by Aug. 1. Last year's epic roof collapse, followed by months of repair work and the field being left open to the elements could mean the field turf needs to be replacd -- to the tune of about $800,000.

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Asking the poor to subsidize billionaires, so the millionaires can play a child's game.

Are you starting to feel sick yet?

Texasota
Texasota

Whoa. I completely agree with this comment Kirk. I'm not sure how to feel about that.

LA Vikings Fan
LA Vikings Fan

We don't need to be spending a third for a BILLION DOLLAR stadium built so that a private sports team can play 8 games a year.  This is ridiculous.

Johnny
Johnny

Close.....  But still no mention anywhere about how Bob Kraft was able to finance and build his own stadium for the Pats in Foxboro.  CP might want to do some of their famous investigative work on that little happening.  I think that Foxboro and the 'T' ended up with a tab of some $75 million for roads, bus, and train but for the Stadium itself, that was Krafts deal 100%.

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