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New Vikings Stadium: And Then There Were Two

May 6, 2011

With 18 days remaining before the Minnesota legislature adjourns, plans for a new Vikings stadium are still taking shape.

The Vikings have committed to funding a third of the cost of a new stadium, and they continue to hope that the legislature and a local partner will each fund a third.

One location that has gained steam this week was eliminated from contention on Thursday. In a letter to Governor Mark Dayton, Hennepin County commissioner Mike Opat ruled out the farmer’s market site. Opat cited the state’s investment to any Vikings stadium plan “are neither sufficient nor realistic.”

That leaves two locales in the running for a new stadium: The old Metrodome site or an old munitions plant in Arden Hills.

Dave Orrick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press says plans for the Arden Hills site are “very, very close” to becoming a reality, and the city of Minneapolis still has not offered up a plan to finance the demolition and rebuilding of the Metrodome.

A bill could be debated as early as next week, but as the May 23rd deadline approaches, the future of an NFL team in the state of Minnesota remains in limbo.

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