Vikings reject proposal to take ownership of Metrodome

Posted Oct. 21, 2011 @ 2:12 p.m.
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The Vikings shot down a proposal by Minnesota legislators to be gifted the Metrodome, the team said in a statement Friday.

The Metrodome is currently state-owned. Under the proposal unveiled Friday, the state would give the Vikings ownership of the Metrodome in return for a 25-year contract promising to play there.

"Giving the Metrodome to the Vikings is a non-starter," the team said. "These unrealistic ideas prevent serious discussion about the only viable stadium plan in Arden Hills."

Lawmakers also continue to look for ideas to fund their share of the proposed $1.1 billion stadium in Arden Hills. A recent proposal suggested using Minnesota Legacy Funds, which was created to support the arts in Minnesota, to pay for the stadium's cost to the state.

The Legacy Fund is paid for by a 2008 hike in sales taxes. Many in the legislature are opposed to additional tax increases and find that to be a suitable alternative. However, that proposal has not been formally presented.