New Vikings stadium now officially costs more than $1 billion

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The new stadium is beginning to rise out of the east end of downtown Minneapolis.
Today, Vikings and Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority officials announced that the price tag for the new Vikings stadium has officially surpassed $1 billion.

It had been budgeted to cost $975 million. But some items, such as steel, cost more than anticipated, driving the cost up to $1.024 billion.

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But don't fret, taxpayers -- the Vikings are picking up the tab for the $46.1 million shortfall. The public contribution hasn't budged from the original $498 million.

In a statement, MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen thanks Zygi and Mark Wilf for opening up their big fat wallets.

"The Vikings have made a significant contribution to the stadium budget which allows us to maintain the original design to ensure the building is the most iconic, world-class stadium in the country and perhaps the world," she says. "We appreciate the team stepping up to make this significant contribution was instrumental in helping to solve our budget gap."

Items that were on the chopping block if more money wasn't scrounged up included operable doors, escalators, acoustical treatments, and freight elevators, the MSFA says. (Though something tells us they would've still found a way to make the stadium's doors operable without the extra $46 million...)

From Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson: In a statement, Mark Wilf says, "It is critical that the original stadium design unveiled in 2013 is delivered to the public when the new stadium opens in 2016."

"Our goal is to provide the best game day experience possible for our fans and for everyone in Minnesota who uses the stadium," he continues. "We strongly believed eliminating significant items that contribute to that fan experience was not an option."

The Vikings didn't earmark any money for the bird-safe glass requested by the Minnesota Audubon Society, however.

Though the Vikings and MSFA recently pleaded poverty regarding the bird-safe glass, Anderson now says the problem is aesthetic, not financial: Meanwhile, construction is moving quickly -- contractors say the stadium's bird-unsafe glass will begin to be installed as early as January.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.





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106 comments
Luke Jones
Luke Jones

What, there's a device to keep me off the streets? lol

Jonathan London
Jonathan London

Have you seen the "Safe for Squirrels" street device?

Michael Kleiber
Michael Kleiber

Look, I'm a proud liberal, but I'm also a Vikings fan who's here to tell you... This "Bird-safe Glass" is wayyyyyy over the top, and stupid. Do they have bird safe airplanes that land and take off from MSP? No. And I'm guessing that airplanes are much more hazardous to a bird's health than a damn building.

Bobby Larson
Bobby Larson

how about this... maybe the birds can ummmm go around. aww no way never thought of that.

Marky Ken Masters
Marky Ken Masters

Install a net to catch the birds and provide vendors to cook and distribute. Oh they aren't good to eat cuz they're gross? Then who cares in the first place. Pfft. Birds. Please.

DonJon
DonJon

Thank you Mark Dayton for the "people's stadium"

Susan Worwa
Susan Worwa

I can't remember where things landed with the new stadium....where is the money coming from?

Kevin Ames
Kevin Ames

If you build it... they will come. Create a new job... bird custodian. Boost the economy.

Paul Duray
Paul Duray

I wonder if embezzlement-safe politicians were used in this project?

Tim Thorn
Tim Thorn

We have to build it first before we know how much it will cost.

Ryan Moe
Ryan Moe

God FU CP, your a bunch a instigators.

David Hartman
David Hartman

Insisting on bird safe glass is like demanding deer safe roads.

Michael Marshall
Michael Marshall

Grow up, pigeon lovers. Last I checked, the common loon and bad eagle aren't flying through downtown Mpls. Get over it.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones

Shut the fuck up with the "bird safe glass" bullshit. Every house and building has glass windows but but for some reason THIS building is some kind of problem? If you have a problem with birds "possibly" flying into a window, then don't video tape birds around downtown. Sit at home and watch time lapse videos of flowers blooming or something.

Chris Hiatt
Chris Hiatt

Bird safe glass or not this is just another broken window fallacy.

Stephen Noel
Stephen Noel

yes there is safe bird glass. that's why the cost went up.

Sam Sneed
Sam Sneed

How about you guys shut up about the stupid bird glass & cover a story that actually matters

wil_simon
wil_simon

Aaron Rupar--please start every article on football: "I hate football, by Aaron Rupar".  The ownership paid all the additional costs you tit. The "doors" you refer to will be the 5 largest glass panel doors in the world, you tit.  

Kayla Corin
Kayla Corin

Why. You could use the money in so much more better more productive ways! Vikings suck anyway. They never win. All l in favor of using this money to better our economy, say here here?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sherman Doe
Sherman Doe

Woo hoo! Buy a team that has never won a super bowl a new stadium!!!!

worksman
worksman

Let me get this straight. It's okay for windmills to kill birds but not football stadiums.

Okay, I've got it now. 

Mikey Ferrin
Mikey Ferrin

Yaaaaaaay sports! It should be $2 billion, Vikings are SOOOOO good...

Donna Hatcher
Donna Hatcher

for the NFL that pays no taxes....fascinating.

Jason Argiro
Jason Argiro

A thousand million sounds more impressive ($1bn).

dekay5555555
dekay5555555

Humanity is very successful.  We have developed the technology to make the world work for everyone.  The technological rising curve was astronomically rapid in the timeline of human history.  Traditions and the various forms of government and control cannot keep up.  Thus we have more and more absurdity when it comes to "wealth".  Those in control have to piss it away at a faster and faster rate if they want to maintain control.  Yes, military expenditures make up the bulk of it.  But the major financial crises and boondoggles such as the stadium are all part of this planned "craziness" 

dekay5555555
dekay5555555

Shucks, I always enjoyed taking the time to tell people it is not a billion dollar stadium, it is a $975,000,000 stadium.  It is twenty-five million dollars shy of a billion.

Marc Churchill
Marc Churchill

I can't believe Obama's screwing us again! Will he stop at nothing?

Tom Bettendorf
Tom Bettendorf

I love payer higher taxes for something I will never use.F!@#$ THAT!

Jarrett Allen
Jarrett Allen

i bet no one read the article in the first place bc i bet you dont have a clue how this is getting paid for, first of all the people are not paying for the entire stadium that makes no logical sense, second, the fact its over a bil now, still doesnt change how much we truly are paying for it the vikings are picking up the tab, and third, just bc we dont win superbowls doesnt mean our franchise isnt successful, according to the SI.com rankings the vikings were placed 11th out of 32 franchises that are the most successful, and last that dome was a piece of shit so we needed a new stadium, plus each person that is being taxed for it barely pays any more for it at all

Jay Boller
Jay Boller

Like the noise a cash register makes ... nice.

Steven Freund
Steven Freund

And they won't invest .1% of that to save migrating birds.

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

Info is basically the same as you have... Tell Casey I said "Hi."

Sphinx Thelion
Sphinx Thelion

You have waaaay too much info. about yourself on facebook to be arguing with people on a public forum. Just saying. Cute family pic though.

Sphinx Thelion
Sphinx Thelion

And who exactly will get that money? And will those tax dollars go towards building more useless crap like stadiums? How much do these jobs created pay? Can I feed my kids and pay my mortgage with it? Shakopee Mn is a ll happy because they built shutterfly and created jobs. But most of the jobs pay $13.00/ hour. You cannot live on that. The money generated doesn't do most people a damned thing. We won't see it. Sure the adjacent service sector will get a boost, but that doesn't do a whole heck of a lot for the rest of us. And most people can not afford a ticket anyways. Gas, parking, tickets, food, drink, we're talking a $500.00 day for most football games. Meanwhile education and infrastructure are going down the drain. It would be one thing if there was a direct funnel for the tax dollars generated to social programs needing it, but there isn't! This money won't go to schools, roads, or anything of value. It will go in some fat cat's account and will be moved around the corporate world. It's bullshit.

Sphinx Thelion
Sphinx Thelion

um... well not all of it was tax payer money. But still we shouldn't have to pay at all, football is a private enterprise.

Sphinx Thelion
Sphinx Thelion

.......................And yet our roads and infrastructure is failing. Idiocracy.

Ace Yin Yang
Ace Yin Yang

Vikings dont deserve no freaking billion dollar stadium. A bunch of over paid losers

worksman
worksman

No, this one's Bush's fault.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0 topcommenter

I'm pretty sure he personally started this bird safe glass brouhaha.

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