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Published April 18, 2013
VIKING QUEST: In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports Vikings Owner the Wilf family has "bought a building" from Twins Owner the Pohlad family for an expanded training base. The building is "next to Winter Park, the Vikings’ training facility in Eden Prairie." The Vikings paid $10M for the building, which "could be torn down and used for a new or expanded training site." Vikings VP/Public Affairs & Stadium Development Lester Bagley said that the Vikings "presently don’t have any plans for the building" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/18).
SUBMIT YOUR BIDS: Nassau County officials said that they received "four proposals to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum as a deadline passed Monday for requests." On Long Island, Cassese & Marshall noted the bidders "include Syosset developer Ed Blumenfeld, who said he submitted a plan to build a scaled-down arena to replace the current 16,000-seat Coliseum, and the Madison Square Garden Company." Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner and "another unidentified developer also submitted proposals." Blumenfeld said that he is "partnering with SMG." He added that his plan "includes additional development at the site, such as shopping, and other entertainment and residential space" (NEWSDAY.com, 4/15).
CLOUD NINE: St. Cloud State Univ. yesterday announced that it has "renamed its hockey arena the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center." The ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS noted the late Brooks "coached St. Cloud State to third place" in the '87 NCAA Division III Tournament. Brooks also "helped secure funds for the National Hockey and Event Center, which opened in 1989." The arena is "undergoing a $14.7 million renovation and expansion that is expected to be completed in June" (TWINCITIES.com, 4/17).