Minnesota Vikings: New Stadium Deal Could Be Close in Minnesota

Nick McAndrews@@NickMcAndrewsCorrespondent IIIJune 29, 2011

The deal for the new Vikings' Stadium could come as early as today (Wednesday, June 29), the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

This should come as excellent news for Vikings fans with the deal for the Arden Hills site set to expire July 1. If that were to happen, the door would essentially be closed for the Vikings to get their stadium passed this year because of a possible shut-down in the state capital. 

As the deadline approaches, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has vowed to contribute an additional $30 million to the project, which is estimated to cost around $1 billion, including materials, labor and road improvements. 

Honestly, I never doubted that a deal would get done. I have been really frustrated, though, with the media for blowing this whole "LA Vikings" thing way out of proportion. After all, the Vikings have said multiple times they are 100% committed to staying in Minnesota—where they belong. 

Minnesota governor Mark Dayton has remained behind the Vikings in getting a new stadium built in Minnesota. The state government will shut down on Friday if a new budget isn't reached and he sees a spot for the Vikings stadium in that budget. 

Keeping the Vikings in Minnesota should be a priority for this state; we've already lost the Northstars and Lakers to two towns that have no ties to the names of their teams. You can't say that "the L.A. Vikings" doesn't sound ridiculous, too. 

Ideally everything will go according to plan—hell, it might already be as I'm writing this.

Minnesota Vikings fans, you could have your new stadium in a matter of hours—or not.

Only time will tell. 

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