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SBD/December 1, 2011/Facilities
Vikings To Meet With Minneapolis To Narrow List Of Potential Sites For Stadium
Published December 1, 2011
MAKING PLANS: Rybak claimed that a stadium "can be built on the Metrodome site for a lot less money than it can be in Arden Hills," and he said that there are "a couple of other site options on the table." Rybak and Johnson "claim they can gain support for the Vikings stadium in Minneapolis with their plan that also would enable them to take care of remodeling Target Center." Since that arena is "supported by property taxes, their proposal would reduce those taxes in Minneapolis, something residents could support" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/1). In St. Paul, Melo & Belden noted as Minneapolis "makes a move on a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, Ramsey County officials are quietly looking at new funding options -- such as taxes on booze and hotels -- to keep their Arden Hills location competitive." At a Capitol hearing this week, Senate Taxes Committee Chair Julianne Ortman "told Ramsey County officials to come up with a plan that reduces the state's contribution toward a stadium" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 12/1).