Plans for new Vikings stadium unvieledMinnesota Sports
- Plans for a new Vikings stadium are revealed today at the state capital in Saint Paul, although a key lawmaker says nothing is set in stone.
ST. PAUL - Plans for a new Vikings stadium are revealed today at the state capital in Saint Paul, although a key lawmaker says nothing is set in stone.
The proposal for an $800-million dollar replacement for the Metrodome would rely on user fees for the public's share of the construction costs. House Ways and Means committee chair Loren Solberg of Grand Rapids says no stadium funding plan would be presented to the governor until they reach a solution on the state budget. Solberg says there are no deals done, and that the intent with today's announcement is to present funding options and begin discussions on the stadium issue. The Vikings' lease at the Metrodome expires after the 2011 season, and they have no desire to extend the agreement unless a new stadium proposal is in place.
The 36 players in town for Vikings rookie camp wrapped up drills yesterday. The Vikings had all of their selections from the 2010 NFL Draft at Winter Park in Eden Prairie for the three days of practice. They also had a number of undrafted free agents who signed contracts after the draft, and a handful of players who were invited for a try-out. The next off-season event for the Vikings is the first round of Organized Team Activities starting on May 18th. The Vikings have three other O-T-A's scheduled over the next month. Mandatory minicamp runs from June 11th to 13th at Winter Park.