Wilf's signed on to contribute another 41.4 million dollars for the new stadium. The Metro Dome era is having a lackluster ending to its legacy. It will be two years of outdoor playing at TFC which will change things up with the outdoor play but the new stadium is the new game and reason to be thankful.
Viking fans are enduring one of the worst seasons in the Vikings's history. Looking forward to the draft and talk of tanking are dominate discussions.Last year we could debate if Ponder or Webb should be playing, no such luxury this year.
Wilf made a good deal with the state of Minnesota to get a stadium deal pushed through. The MSFA will have a great opportunity to market the new facilities and should rightly do so. Concerts, conventions, sports shows and other events should keep the downtown area busy throughout the year with the new stadium.
Wilf will need to make some tough decisions concerning the management of his football team that will have far reaching consequences for all Viking fans. He needs to get this right or we will have a state of the art stadium with a mediocre team.
The Vikings announced on Friday that the Wilfs are committing an additional $41.4 million to the stadium project, assuming $15 million of the costs for playing the next two years at TCF Bank Stadium, and establishing a $26.4 million contingency fund in the event the $975 million project runs over budget. Essentially, the stadium is guaranteed to be funded up to $1.001 billion at this point, with the team responsible for any other cost overruns. And the $15 million the Vikings were scheduled to get from the state of Minnesota for playing the next two seasons on the University of Minnesota campus will now pay for construction costs instead of offsetting the team's bottom line.