Charley Walters Provides Us With Even More Story Fodder

I should probably read entire stories before I mention stuff that's in them. . .but, hey, two stories for the price of one. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose.

In the same article from Charley Walters that I mentioned earlier today, he also has a tidbit in there about the Vikings' stadium quest.

At this juncture, if you're handicapping the Vikings' chances for a new stadium, it's a good bet the team will get approval before the end of the current legislative session.

Call that prediction educated conjecture.

Financing would come from state and Hennepin County taxes as well as the Vikings, who will have to put up more than they want — about $400 million of an estimated $900 million overall cost.

The stadium will have a roof, but it won't be retractable.

Location: Don't be surprised if it's built just west of the Twins' Target Field rather than on the site of the Metrodome. That way, the Vikings could continue playing at the Dome during construction.

So, Minneapolis apparently just can't stand to see Arden Hills getting all of this attention from the team, so they're going to try to get back in on things, according to Walters.

Walters has been wrong on things in the past, but if something happens where we potentially get two locations that express interest in putting together a stadium deal for the team, one would think that would be a pretty good thing for the Vikings. You know, as long as it doesn't end up like the Anoka County situation did.

Either way, it does give a bit of increased optimism to the Vikings getting a stadium deal of some sort done during this year's legislative session.

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