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Hennepin County Doesn’t Look Like A Partner For A Vikings Stadium

April 22, 2011

As a new stadium bill meanders its way through the state legislature, it doesn’t appear to be getting any help from Hennepin County. The current bill proposes a three-part funding system: One third comes from the legislature, another third from the Vikings, and the final part from a “local partner.”

The two most populated counties in the state of Minnesota, Hennepin and Ramsey, are the logical “local partners” given their ability to generate enough tax revenue to support the costs associated with a new stadium.

However, Hennepin County officials do not appear open to the idea of funding a new home for the Vikings. Tim Nelson of Minnesota Public Radio explains:

Board chairman Mike Opat said this week he doesn’t even know if he and his fellow commissioners will make a bid for the stadium.

Polled on the stadium question this week, not a single one of the seven Hennepin County Commissioners said they were willing to make a deal on a stadium under the terms currently under consideration at the Capitol.

The chances of building a new stadium on the current Metrodome site are beginning to look grim, but fortunately for the Vikings, Ramsey county officials have already shown interest in building a new stadium in Arden Hills.

There is still a lot of energy and deal-making required to fund a new stadium in Minnesota, but the efforts do not seem to be going anywhere in Hennepin County.

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