Discussions about a Vikings stadium in Arden Hills enter the 'nitty gritty' stage
Activity surrounding a potential new stadium for the
Minnesota Vikings is heating up.
Ramsey County commissioners said Tuesday, after a
brief meeting with Vikings co- owner and president
Mark Wilf, that talks over a stadium in Arden Hills will enter the realm of "nitty-gritty" details next
Meanwhile, Wilf is making the rounds while in town,
scheduling discussions with Minneapolis Mayor R.
T. Rybak, Hennepin County Board Chairman Mike
Opat, Gov. Mark Dayton's point man Ted Mondale
and lawmakers likely to champion a way to pay for a
stadium. Those lawmakers indicated Tuesday that
they're edging closer to introducing a bill.
"There's a lot of action" was the summary by
Mondale and Lester Bagley, the franchise's vice
president of public affairs and stadium
Yet, almost nothing has been done in the open.
Ramsey County commissioner Rafael Ortega, one of
the county's lead officials in talks with the team over
a stadium at the shuttered Twin Cities Army
Ammunition Plant near Interstate 35W and U.S. 10 in
Arden Hills, said they "haven't laid out our cards
Ortega's comments came after a reporter's request
for any records produced by the county as it
considers various possible scenarios to pay a
portion of what could be a construction project in
the neighborhood of $1 billion. For example, a
sales tax hike has been floated privately, but it's
unclear how much money that might generate or
what proportion of the total cost the team is angling
to have the public pay.
"We've all done our analyses, shared notes and so
forth," Ortega said. "We haven't passed anything
across the table. All I can say is negotiations are
getting closer and closer. We'll get into the nitty-
gritty next week."