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    August 22, 2014

    New Vikings stadium now officially costs more than $1 billion

    Today, Vikings and Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority officials announced that the price tag for the new Vikings stadium has officially surpassed $1 billion.It had been budgeted to cost $975 million. But some items, such as steel, cost more than anticipated, driving the cost up to $1.024 billion. ... More >>

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    May 23, 2014

    Wanna go to Super Bowl 52? You'll have to buy Vikings suite season tickets

    Minnesota is super pumped about the NFL awarding Super Bowl 52 to Minneapolis, but fact is very few of us will be able to afford to go to the game.That's because to merely have the possibility of getting a crack at tickets, you'll have to buy season tickets for a suite in the new stadium, a Vikings ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Vikings stadium construction already underway [PHOTOS]

    The final sad bits of the Metrodome came crashing down over the weekend. Concrete is still strewn on the site, but the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority tells us workers will soon crush it up and haul it away.SEE ALSO: The classic Zygi/Dayton photo: Top tweets After that, the Dome will be nothin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    New Vikings stadium: Latest renderings show baseball, basketball, soccer configurations [IMAGES]

    We're all in the habit of calling it the new Vikings stadium, so it's easy to forget that the place will host more than just football.SEE ALSO: Watch the roof get blown off the MetrodomeThe latest renderings released by HKS architects show what the place will look like when configured for baseball, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Minneapolis's Super Bowl drive could bring in more than $300 million, officials say

    State, city, business, and Vikings officials want Minneapolis to host the Super Bowl in 2018, and it's not because of the goodness of their hearts.SEE ALSO: Vikings unveil stadium design: Top 10 tweets Kristen Montag, communications director for Meet Minneapolis -- the non-profit tasked with putting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Doug Mann explains why his lawsuit could derail Vikings stadium [UPDATE]

    :::: UPDATE :::: Mann's lawsuit has been dismissed, clearing the path for construction of the new stadium and the adjacent downtown east development to go forward as originally planned:The Minnesota Supreme Court has dismissed lawsuit that delayed sale of bonds for #vikings stadium construction. #mn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Report: Zygi Wilf hired Leslie Frazier because he's black

    Yesterday, the New York Observer published a lengthy piece about the backstory behind the Wilf family's incredible wealth and the New Jersey lawsuit where a judge blasted the family for using "bad faith and evil motive" in bilking business partners out of more than $80 million dollars.SEE ALSO: Viki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Vikings officials threaten to delay stadium construction at taxpayer expense

    Zygi Wilf's heel turn continues.In the wake of courtroom revelations that the Vikings owner used "bad faith and evil motive" to bilk his business partners out of $51 million, the state launched an investigation into Zygi's finances to make sure there weren't similar shenanigans involved in the stadi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Vikings unveil stadium design: Top 10 tweets

    In what will go down as one of the most ringing first-take endorsements of the Vikings new stadium design, Greg Jennings called it "serious."THE BACKSTORY: New Vikings stadium design revealed [IMAGES]So yeah, in general, folks weren't thrilled to learn that the east end of downtown will soon be occu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Mpls unveils $400 million plan to convert Star Tribune land into downtown's biggest park

    Zygi Wilf isn't the only one whose wallet got fatter as a result of the Vikings stadium deal. Another big winner was the Star Tribune, as the paper stands to make a pretty penny selling the right-next-to-the-new-stadium property it owns for redevelopment.SEE ALSO: New Vikings stadium design revealed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    New Vikings stadium design revealed [IMAGES] [UPDATE]

    :::: UPDATE :::: Vikings unveil stadium design: Top 10 tweets Following months of speculation, the Metrodome's $975 million replacement got its big reveal in a special ceremony at the Guthrie Theater on Monday night.In front of a crowd that included Governor Mark Dayton (wearing a Vikes-appropriate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Dayton's angry letter to Wilfs means "Vikings could be back in play for L.A.," NBC writes

    Think the Vikings stadium drama ended last spring when the Minneapolis City Council signed off on a stadium bill? Think again, apparently.SEE ALSO:-- NFL: No Los Angeles Vikings in 2012-- ESPN's Mike and Mike still unaware of Vikings stadium deal, think team might move to L.A.Last week, the Vikings ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Vikings stadium receives final approval from Minneapolis City Council on 7-6 vote

    Kevin Reich, in the end, didn't want to risk going down as the man who ran the Vikings out of Minnesota.The drama is done, folks. This morning, on a 7-6 vote, the Minneapolis City Council gave final, official approval to a funding plan that will construct a new Vikings stadium on the Metrodome site. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Vikings stadium bill receives final legislative approval; Mpls City Council vote last step

    Rejoice, Vikings fans! A bill for a new NFL stadium in Minneapolis today surmounted its last legislative hurdles -- final approvals by the House and Senate following the completion of the conference committee's work early this morning.The bill now heads to Gov. Mark Dayton, who, as one of the new st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Stadium bill deader than Vikings' postseason chances, but Dayton hopeful for another shot

    Remember that Vikings stadium bill? That thing now looks like it's in worse shape than Adrian Peterson's knee.The bill was sacked last night by the House Government Operations and Elections Committee, which killed in with a 9-6 vote. Afterward, the chief author of the House bill, Rep. Morrie Lanning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Majority of Minneapolis City Council now supports Vikings stadium

    ​Today, after months of backdoor negotiations and hemming and hawing, a majority of Minneapolis City Council members pledged support for a new Vikings stadium at the Metrodome site.At a news conference, Mayor R.T. Rybak told Gov. Mark Dayton: "We want to hand you the signed letters of seven city c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Pro-Vikings stadium group releases pro-stadium poll, sparking Twitter controversy

    ​Today, a pro-stadium group named Home Field Advantage released an opinion poll showing that 61 percent of Minnesotans support construction of a new Vikings stadium at the Metrodome site. 72 percent of 1,000 Minnesotans polled say the new stadium is "somewhat or very important" to keeping the Vi ... More >>

  • News

    March 14, 2012

    Vikings stadium proposal isn't for the "people"

    Six myths the mainstream media perpetuates

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Vikings, Rybak, Dayton, pro-Vikes legislators finally unveil stadium plan

    ​After months of hearing lawmakers carp that they couldn't speak to whether they support using public money for a new Vikings stadium without seeing a detailed proposal, a plan has finally emerged.During a news conference earlier today, Gov. Dayton and the Vikings unveiled a $975 million stadium p ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012
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    January 26, 2012

    NFL: No Los Angeles Vikings in 2012

    ​We've been hearing for months about how the Vikings' expiring Metrodome lease means it's urgent for lawmakers to get a stadium deal done early this legislative session.Los Angeles is ready and willing, so goes this logic, to have the team play in the Rose Bowl for a couple years while a new stadi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Dayton to Vikes: Metrodome site or bust

    ​The train wreck that is the Vikings stadium drive went a little more off the rails Monday afternoon.Governor Dayton told Zygi Wilf that the only workable site this session for a new stadium is the Metrodome, which happens to be the site least favored by Vikings ownership.With the team's Metrodome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Vikings stadium: Minneapolis, Ramsey County release final funding proposals

    ​As far as the Vikings stadium controversy is concerned, the time for talk is nearing an end.Today, Minneapolis and Ramsey County -- the two leading contenders to serve as the site of a new public-private NFL stadium -- submitted their final stadium funding proposals, less than two weeks before th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Shakopee, out of nowhere, announces Vikings stadium bid

    ​Maybe the the mayor of Shakopee simply misread his calendar by a year.That's because today -- one day before the Governor Dayton-imposed deadline for final stadium proposals -- Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke plans to hold a news conference at the State Capitol to announce the suburb is "going after th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Vikes stadium: Dayton asks city, Ramsey County to play hurry-up

    Minneapolis leaders are mounting a last-minute drive to keep the Vikings in town. ​Governor Dayton wants Minneapolis and Ramsey County to deploy hurry-up offenses in hopes of bringing closure to the Vikings' stadium drive.Today, he sent the Ramsey County board and Mayor R.T. Rybak letters setting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Vikings warming to idea of staying in Minneapolis

    ​After months of insisting that Arden Hills is the team's preferred site for a new Vikings stadium, it appears ownership is warming to the idea of staying in downtown Minneapolis.During meetings with state political leaders yesterday, owner Zygi Wilf reportedly displayed maps showing how a new sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Vikings stadium won't get a special session

    This stadium will have to wait until the legislature's New Year's hangover wears off.​The Minnesota Vikings are, putting it kindly, not a very special football team right now. Fittingly, the team won't get a special session from the legislature to rule on its new stadium(s?), and will have to wait ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Gambling on football: How the Block E Casino might build the Vikings stadium

    Want this stadium? Fine, just keep dumping quarters in that slot machine.​As of this morning, Minneapolis is a city with one professional football team, and zero casinos. Some day soon, that could be the other way around.The new push for a special session to finance the Vikings stadium in Arden Hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Vikings stadium won't go to a vote

    Who cares if you want to pay for the new Vikings stadium?​The Minnesota Vikings new stadium will be a $1.1 billion monument dedicated to the death of democracy. That's what taxpayers learned last night, when the Ramsey County Charter Commission voted not to allow a vote on the tax that will build ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Minneapolis wants $30 million cut of Metrodome sale

    R.T. Rybak says the city has shelled out more than $30 million on the Dome over the years.​This isn't going to help the Vikings on that whole new stadium plan idea thing. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this week claiming the city is entitled to a $30 millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    St. Paul City Council opposes Vikings stadium tax [UPDATE]

    Pictured: The proposed stadium in Arden Hills. Some assembly required. ​A resolution on the tax to fund the Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills looks headed for a 7-0 shutout in the St. Paul City Council today. If it's approved by the state Legislature, the current proposal would raise sales ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Vikings stadium supporters, opponents post dueling online petitions

    The Ramsey county stadium being fought over with cyber-clipboards.​After Shoreview city councilman Blake Huffman posted an online petition asking government officials to block plans for a new Vikings stadium in Arden Hills, the online backlash was swift and angry. "It's insulting to me that Blake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Roger Goodell says NFL would pitch in for Vikings stadium

    Wiki.Could this man be the answer to Vikings fans' prayers?​With less than a week left to go in the legislative session, the Vikings stadium proposal is still showing some signs of life. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell now says the league is willing to chip in on a new stadium, which in theory ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Cory Merrifield, leader, boosts new stadium plans

    Courtesy superfan Cory Merrifiled, right, has been lobbying for a new stadium since 2009. ​On Tuesday, a lot of Vikings fans celebrated a victory when team owners struck a deal with Ramsey County to build a new stadium in Arden Hills. But even with a location suppose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Ted Mondale is the latest Vikings stadium party pooper

    Ahem. About that $175 million?​Ted Mondale, the governor's point man on steering a stadium deal that will keep the Vikings in Minnesota, pointed out today that all this self-congratulatory backslapping between Ramsey County and the Wilf brothers (and SaveTheVikes) over a new stadium in Arden H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Ramsey County wins Vikings stadium bid war

    minnesotavikings.comThe Vikings' new schloss will sit on the laqrgest Superfund site in the country.​If the Vikings stay in Minnesota, they're going to do it in Arden Hills. Ramsey County won the bidding war against Minneapolis to help finance the construction of the team's new stadium on what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    St. Paul federal judge Susan Nelson rules to end NFL lockout

    The NFL is none too pleased with the ruling of St. Paul judge Susan Richard Nelson.​A federal judge in St. Paul has agreed with NFL players and ruled to stop a lock-out imposed by team owners. In the decision released this afternoon, Judge Susan Richard Nelson agreed with football superstars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Vikings need more than one boring new stadium: Comment Of The Day

    What's wrong with the Metrodome? (Oh, wait.)​The new Vikings stadium bill dropped on Friday, posing in part as a jobs bill, and with the requirement that the team pay for just one-third of the facility's construction cost is already grating on our commenters' nerves. "Yeah...they should build ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Minnesota Vikings stadium proposal published

    The Legislature will take another shot at making a new Vikings stadium a reality.​Here we go again. Now that the Legislature appears to be nearing the end of debate on some seriously draconian bills that slash spending on education, health and human services, it's going to take up the matter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Vikings stadium bill is dead

    No one's going to see this view any time soon​Fans of giving the Minnesota Vikings another shot at the public trough to finance a new stadium saw their dreams die on Monday as the Legislature adjourned for the biennium without moving on a last-minute bill. Under the plan as it was introduced, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    New Vikings stadium bill again relies on public trough

    Who pays for the new Vikings stadium?​They want to call it a "multi-purpose facility." They insist, "no state money for schools, roads, healthcare, or any other state programs can be used to build the new stadium." But state lawmakers pushing a new home for the Minnesota Vikings do indeed wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    New stadium plans unveiled - with a Vikings twist

    Rebuilding the Metrodome would cost $870 million, less than previously estimated, according to a report presented today.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Sports commission fights idea that MN too poor for new stadium

    Fresh on the heels of a report that found the Twin Cities can't afford four pro sports teams, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is set to release a report tomorrow making the case for a new stadium.

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Zygi Wilf: Create jobs and build my stadium!

    Thursday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.

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    October 17, 2008

    Vikings: We'll only bum your stadium temporarily, we swear

    minnesota stadium.jpg The Vikings are pretty defensive when it comes to having their own stadium.

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2007

    Won't anyone think of the owners?

    In these days of budget shortfalls, failing bridges, and strapped public schools; Zygi Wilf would rather see the Minnesota state legislature get down to the real business at hand: bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2006

    Deal or no deal?

    Stadium expert Neil deMause on the Twins ballpark: "Could go down as one of the great taxpayer muggings of all time"

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2005

    Opat to Pawlenty: Let's get it on

    Architect of Twins stadium proposal sounds off on Guv

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    October 17, 2005

    Sid predicts: The Twins will relocate to Jupiter if a stadium isn't built by Thursday

    In May I compiled a collection of blurbs from Sid Hartman's column over the years predicting, with unfailing inaccuracy, the death of the Minnesota Twin ... More >>

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    May 3, 2005

    Sid predicts

    If stadium construction doesn't begin this week the Twins will move to Ogden, Utah by 2008The last decade of stadium shenanigans has brought all kinds of amusing extortion schemes cooked up by the local sports moguls and their allies at the daily newspapers. At one point or another the Twins have su ... More >>

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