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New Downtown Vikings Stadium Estimated To Cost $954M
Published April 20, 2007
|Commission Reviews Details Of
Proposed $954M Stadium For Vikings
LITTLE SUPPORT: The AP’s Dave Campbell wrote while the Vikings and the MSFC “have been invited to an informational hearing of the [Minnesota] House Tax Committee next month, the prospect of immediate progress is not strong.” House Minority Leader Marty Seifert, when asked about the chances of a Vikings stadium plan being heard this year, said, “If I checked it for vitals, I’d say it was at the morgue.” Gov. Tim Pawlenty added, “It is easy to draw up plans. The question is who gets to pay for it” (AP, 4/19).
DESIGN CLASS: Several urban designers said that the plan for the new stadium is “a first-rate start — but more of a marketing pitch than a true master plan.” Carolyn Krall of Minneapolis-based Landform Engineering said, “They need a lot of money to make this happen. To do that, they are going to need people to fall in love with the new stadium. The interior view does that; the exterior not so much” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/20).