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Minnesota Vikings to commit more money to new stadium project

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. --  To resolve a budget gap, the Minnesota Vikings and the Wilf family have committed another $46.1 million dollars toward the new stadium, bringing the team's total increased contributions to the project since last November to nearly $49 million dollars. 

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority board says the team has committed to spending an additional $19.7 million dollars in cash beyond what was promised and above contributions made earlier this year. The additional money pushes the stadium budget from $975 million dollars to approximately $1.024 billion dollars.  The public contribution toward the project remains at $498 million dollars.  The team also has now absorbed a total of $23 million in costs of playing at the University of Minnesota for this season and next. 

Sports Facilities Authority Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen says the contribution will allow them to maintain the original design to ensure the stadium "is the most iconic, world-class stadium in the country and perhaps the world."