State of Minnesota Wants Vikings To Up Their Ante

It is sounding more and more like the Vikings are going to have to commit more money to the stadium deal if they want the State of Minnesota to push public money towards the project.

The current deal is thought to be split into thirds with the Vikings, State, and local partner each contributing a third of the cost.

“I think somewhere between a third and a half, probably closer to between 40 and 50 percent … because I think that’s an appropriate share,” Governor Mark Dayton recently stated.

Dayton was then pressed to explain why the team shouldn’t be responsible for an even larger piece of the pie and he said it wasn’t realistic to expect much more than that if Minnesota wanted to keep the team.

“That’s my assumption and belief, that if we don’t build a new stadium, that within the next couple of years they’ll either move the team or sell the team to somebody who would move it elsewhere, and we’ll lose the team,” Dayton said.

While the Vikings have only offered up the one-third investment, I think there is more happening behind closed doors than we realize.

Way back in February, we referenced a report out of San Diego that said the Wilfs were willing to contribute up to $400 million towards a new stadium in Minnesota.  Perhaps by giving the appearance that they are playing hard ball right now the Vikings will allow the new Governor to look like he negotiated a good deal while the Vikings still get the stadium they want at the price they find acceptable by delaying the increase in their offer.

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