Vikings Make A Public Offer to Pay for a Part of an Outdoor Stadium

Between the untimely death of the Metrodome and the Vikings desire to receive public financing for a new home, there are sure to be near-daily updates on the looming stadium battle.

Today, news broke that the Vikings have made a public offer to pay for one-third of the cost to install a new roofless stadium for the Vikings to play in.

The catch, however, is that the Vikings will still only pay the third of the cost for a roofless stadium even if the State Legislature decides to build a more expensive option that includes a roof.

The Vikings say that precedent was set when the Twins paid about one-third the cost of an outdoor stadium, Target Field.

Of course, lawmakers might decide that the new stadium for the Vikings must include a roof, retractable or otherwise, so that it can accommodate as many non-NFL events as possible during its lifetime.

An outdoor stadium is expected to cost around $700 million and a roof would cost upwards of $200 million additional.

The debate is expected to heat up in February when the State Legislature is expected to address the issue.

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