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New Vikings stadium proposed at site of Metrodome

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By PFW staff

Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak, along with city council president Barb Johnson, announced on Monday a plan for a new Vikings stadium at the site where the Metrodome is currently located. Their plan includes city government to pay for nearly 20 percent of the new building.

The AP reported that the city will contribute a little over a fifth of the construction costs, which have been projected at about $900 million, paid by a combination of new and existing city taxes. Vikings ownership, along with the state government, would pay the rest of the costs.

There is a separate stadium proposal in neighboring Ramsey County, which is just north of St. Paul.

Jeff Anderson, the Vikings' assistant director of public affairs, issued a statement in response to the mayor's announcement.

"The Minnesota Vikings appreciate Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and Ramsey County for their participation in serious discussions regarding a new stadium for the team, our fans and the State of Minnesota over the last several months," the statement read.
"Today the Vikings want to thank the City of Minneapolis for bringing forward a proposal to replace the Metrodome. Team officials first saw a broad outline of this plan late last week. The Vikings were not involved in developing the specifics of this proposal and have not agreed to any of the financing elements. While we have concerns about provisions within the City's proposal, the team will examine it in further detail and respond accordingly."

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