Vikings fans that want a new stadium for their beloved team may have to wait a while longer, as the team was hit with a major setback on Thursday in trying to build a new place to play. The team on Thursday nixed a $45 million deal to purchase Star Tribune property near the Metrodome. That property was going to be the site of the teams new stadium, but now it appears they are back to the drawing board.
The team does continue to insist that they will build a new stadium on the Metrodome site, and are going to start talking to others about land in that area. The reason for the breakdown over the property – the chaos in the nation’s credit market that is making it tough for companies to get loans. The team has for sometime been trying to get a new stadium in downtown, and the whole time owner Zygi Wilf has stated it would take taxpayer money to help build a new place to play.
Vikings VP of public affairs, Lester Bagley, said that the team is also committed to staying and playing in downtown Minneapolis. “We have no intention to pursue any other location other than the Minneapolis site. That’s the best and most cost-effective site there is. Mr. [Zygi] Wilf’s position since the day he purchased the Vikings has been that he is not moving the team. That has not changed.”
The Vikings current lease to play in Minnesota is through January 31st. 2012. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is looking at trying to get the team to sign a deal that would keep them in the Twin Cities for another 30 years. At one point the team was looking at the possibility of building a stadium in Anoka County, but since have gone back to wanting a stadium downtown.