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Wilf Will Downgrade Financial Commitment If Stadium Is In Minneapolis

November 11, 2011 by Nick in NEW STADIUM

Zygi Wilf publicly announced that the Vikings will downgrade their financial commitment to a new stadium if it’s not built on the proposed Arden Hills location.

“We’re committed to the Arden Hills site for what it brings to the fans, but we’re also committed to investing over $400 million in specific to the Arden Hills site for the experiences that everyone can get from Arden Hills,” Wilf told The Associated Press in an interview. “Any other location besides Arden Hills wouldn’t justify near that level of commitment.”

The new stadium is estimated to cost just over one billion dollars.  The state will contribute roughly 300 million with a cap of about 300-400 million still needed to be figured out.

The Wilfs, Vikings, and Vikings fans have been extremely frustrated with the lack of process associated with getting a new stadium built.  After taking a back seat to the Gophers and Twins stadium its time to make good on a verbal commitment to keep the Vikings in Minnesota forever.  The Vikings only have a couple games left in their lease with the Metrodome and have made it clear that they will not be renewing the lease unless a bill has been passed to build the new stadium.  As of today the state of Minnesota hasn’t taken the Vikings seriously on their statement.

“Avoiding the issue, as seems to have been taking place in the last couple of weeks, does not work,” Wilf said. “It only gets more difficult and more expensive. We’re very encouraged by leadership of both houses and the governor in trying to bring a stadium solution front and center.”

Let’s get this stadium built!  Some have discussed a public sale of the team which would require special permission of the NFL.  This is not a likely scenario but revisiting the suggestion of racinos could be a solid contribution to the financial gap the Vikings and the state of Minnesota needs to get the deal done.

One Comment

  1. David wagnerNovember 24, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Hello my name is David wagner and I know that I will not be able to come but I wanted to leave my thoughts about the whole issues anyway. I have cystic fibrosis and other major medical issues and I been watching the vikings for many years while in the hospital as well as doing treatments as well and I have not been to many games but I always have injoyed the vikings and they are my favorite team they have helped many people all over the state of MN school teams, and other cool stuff as well the players have had there issues but do we really want to say good bye to a NFL team that gives us something to do on sunday well not me I vote 100% that the vikings get a new home this will keep the stores , bars , motels and job s going that we currently have in MN I think if they leave we lose it all so please dont take my vikings away

    LOVE BIG FAN
    David

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