Gov. Mark Dayton has named a new chairman to lead the embattled board overseeing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has been in flux since top leaders resigned earlier this year amid controversy over its use of two luxury suites.
Construction isn't even underway on a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium but a hard push is on by the team and its landlord to lure a Super Bowl, college football championship game and Final Four basketball tournament.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf should have to cover much of the team's share of stadium construction from their own pockets, not through profit from expensive personal seat licenses.
The Ramsey County Charter Commission voted 10-6 in favor of no referendum in Ramsey County for the Vikings Stadium plan. County residents testified by a 2-1 margin against the tax hike. The Vikings said if voters needed to decide whether Ramsey County could raise their taxes to play for the Viking Stadium that would have upped the cost by $110 Million because the process would have been delayed by 2 years.
93% of people in the United States haven't been to a pro football game. That is less than one in 10!
Why should the Vikings stadium be built?!?!
Lester Bagley's arguement may (or may not) sway your thinking.
The Vikings announced an agreement with Ramsey County to build a retractable roof stadium at the former Army Amunitions plant site in Arden Hills. The project is projected to cost $1.28 Billion with the Vikings paying for $407 Million or 44 percent of the cost. Ramsey County has committed to pay for $350 Million or 33 percent and state is being asked to pay for $300 Million or 23 percent.
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