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SBD/February 11, 2011/Facilities
Stadium Commission Votes To Put New $18.3M Roof On Metrodome
Published February 11, 2011
ARDENT PURSUIT: In St. Paul, Dave Orrick reports in what Vikings Owners Zygi and Mark Wilf are "calling 'an extremely important step,'" the Ramsey County (Minn.) Board of Commissioners is "poised to vote next week on a resolution expressing its intent to officially court the NFL franchise for a proposed stadium in Arden Hills." Commissioners Thursday, "armed with a laudatory letter" from the Wilfs, "made public a draft resolution -- to be voted on Tuesday -- authorizing county staff to negotiate with the team about a stadium at the abandoned and polluted Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant near Interstate 35W and U.S. 10." Bagley said, "We're really down to the wire in terms of we need to have a site and local partner, and Ramsey County has stepped up." Orrick notes Ramsey County Commissioners "had been hoping to have an exclusive relationship with the Vikings, who are considering or have considered at least four Twin Cities sites, but the Wilfs stopped short of that" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 2/11). In Minneapolis, Rochelle Olson reports the resolution is "expected to pass easily." Bagley said that the Vikings are "interested in the Arden Hills site, 10 miles north of the Metrodome," and that approval of the resolution "means going ahead to determine whether the site is truly viable" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/11).