I wish this were a post about how the stadium deal is done, but sadly that is not the case.
Maybe one day far down the road I’ll be able to blog about that happy news. For now we’ll have to content ourselves with another small update. The Vikings and Ramsey County have come up with a plan to pay for about half of the estimated $131 million in road upgrades that will be needed to make the new stadium happen in Arden Hills. Feel encouraged yet?
The bad part is, the state will still have to come up with the other half of the $131 million, and they might not want to do that. The Vikes are trying to sell this by insisting the road improvements will benefit regular commuters more than Viking fans who will only need to use those roads ten days out of the year.
The Vikings are big on that whole “it’s not just for us, it’s for everyone” selling point. The stadium is multi-purpose, the new roads will help commuters, the whole project will create jobs. Honestly, I don’t know how much farther backward the Vikings can bend to make this happen.
Let’s hope the legislature gets on-board soon, because the next move the Vikings make won’t be a bend, it will be a sharp turn toward Los Angeles.