As the Vikings enter the final year of their Metrodome lease and the method for developing a new stadium in Minnesota continues to sputter, the team is finding a lot more concerned.
Particularly, the folks who own the team are getting far more concerned.
“There is growing concern within our ownership,” Vikings V.P. of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley lately told Judd Zulgad, now of 1500ESPN.com. “[T]here is no doubt about where this is headed and the fact that every single year, we get to the end of the session and there’s a diverse reason why [it didn't get accomplished].”
Even if the state isn’t running out of factors, the state is undoubtedly running out of time.
“Now we’re down to the end of the lease, and if we do not get it carried out this fall, we get to February [and] we will be the only NFL team with out a lease,” Bagley said. “The only one. There’s already been knocks on the door about, ‘Hey, we want to talk to you guys when your lease is up.’”
Although no threats have been created, the threat does not want to be articulated to be real.
“It’s not my decision as to how the Wilfs want to move forward, but I believe there’s growing concern about how lengthy this has gone on,” Bagley stated. “The Wilfs have been very good owners. They’ve carried out everything that they’ve been asked and required to do.
“They went and got a fantastic site and a fantastic neighborhood partner, a significant neighborhood contribution, and they put the third-largest private stadium contribution on the table following the Jets-Giants stadium and right after the Cowboys. What the Wilfs have offered — $ 400-plus million up front and $ 20 million a year [in Arden Hills] — is the third-largest private offer in NFL history.”
The Vikings are still hoping for a unique session of the Legislature to be called for October, at which time a strategy for supplying public financing would be adopted, if all goes nicely. Of course, it is challenging to imagine all going properly in the next two months, given that so small has gone well in the time that the Vikings have been attempting to get the new stadium built in Minnesota.
As we’ve stated a lot of times, the Vikings will ultimately get their new stadium. The only question is no matter whether it’ll be built exactly where the Lakers utilised to play, or exactly where they currently do.