Dayton Announces Deal For New $975 Million Vikings Stadium

The long-anticipated day has finally come. Governor Mark Dayton on Thursday announced that the state, city and team have arrived at a deal to build a shiny new Vikings stadium on the current site of the Metrodome. Financial details are as follows:

Total cost: $975 million

Vikings’ share: $427 million

State’s share: $398 million

City’s share: $150 million

Here’s an artist’s rendering of the site as it would be seen by God or an alien. Click to expand.

The dotted outline is the ghost of the Metrodome. Note the presence of an “open space gameday tailgating section” apparently surrounded by trees. Also note that the new stadium will be about twice as large as the Dome. The new facility will reportedly be modeled after Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Sooo pretty. I want to go to there.

Oh wait, it’s not built yet. They still have to get this through a legislature full of people who are hostile toward the idea of spending public money on a giant new playground for rich people. But it’s a start. One last thing: Under this plan the Vikings will only have to play one year at TCF Bank stadium. Two more years of the Dome followed by one year of good old fashioned outdoor football. After that the Vikes will be locked in at their new home for 30 years. Sounds good.

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