The groundbreaking for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium will be on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority confirmed the date Tuesday. It's the official start of construction on the nearly $1 billion football stadium that will be built at the current Metrodome site.
The public authority overseeing construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is warning that the opening of the stadium could be delayed if the team doesn't quickly resume negotiations on a lease and development agreements.
A white-collar brigade of accountants, architects, lawyers and other consultants has locked in millions of dollars in Minnesota Vikings stadium contracts that would complicate any effort to derail the project.
A key official says negotiations are likely to be completed next month on a detailed use agreement for the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium. Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said Monday the big issues having to do with rent and concession revenue were already settled in the stadium law passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2012.
Gov. Mark Dayton is proposing that lawmakers use new revenue from taxes on cigarettes and corporate income to shore up the state's share of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Dayton's revenue commissioner unveiled the latest proposal Thursday in the House-Senate tax conference committee.
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