Dan Wiederer began covering the Vikings in 2011, enthusiastically delivering insight on the team across the Star Tribune's print and digital products. Prior to joining the Access Vikings team, he spent seven seasons covering ACC basketball at The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer. He also covered the Chicago Bears in 2003 and 2004. Follow him on Twitter @StribDW.
Mark Craig has covered football and the NFL the past 20 years, including the Browns from 1991-95 and the Vikings and the NFL since 2003. Since 2008, Craig has served as one of the 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. He can be followed on Twitter at @markcraignfl.
Proposed new league year would start before combine in 2015 and 2016. Change of draft to May effective in 2014.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 20, 2013
We mentioned earlier this week that the Vikings had submitted an application to be considered as a potential Super Bowl host during a three-year window that would include the 2017, ’18 and ’19 seasons. That game, of course, would be played in a downtown stadium that hasn’t yet been built. So for now, the organization’s push to land the Super Bowl is in the very early stages. Very early. Plus, the NFL is still looking to choose host cities for the Super Bowls to be held in early 2016 and 2017, decisions that will be made in May.
Still, commissioner Roger Goodell was asked how the league will go about considering Minnesota’s aspirations of hosting the Super Bowl.
Said Goodell: “Our focus on Super Bowls is obviously the two we’re going to reward in May. We’ve had a little bit of discussion on how we’d proceed beyond that but not specific to any site. I guess I would just reinforce the point again that the stadium is a big component of what we look at. It’s important for us to be able to play the game on the best possible stage. And the stadium has become a big part of that decision and has become more and more important.”
PHOENIX – The Vikings received big news on the financial front at the NFL’s annual meeting on Monday, gaining approval for the league’s G4 financing program, a plan that allows franchises building new stadiums to receive what is essentially a fully-guaranteed loan from the league.
The Vikings, who are in line to be contributing $477 million towards their new downtown stadium, expect to receive the maximum allotted $200 million worth of G4 financing from the NFL.
That amount will ultimately be repaid over 15 years.
Vikings owner Mark Wilf called the financing approval “a major step forward for the [stadium] project” and lauded the efforts of team CFO Steve Poppen.
“This is a statement of support from the NFL and the other owners that this is a project that they believe in,” Wilf said. “And they want to put their financial wherewithal behind it.”
The Vikings request for G4 financing was presented by the league’s joint finance and stadium committee and ultimately approved by the league’s ownership.
With the stadium plans moving forward, the Vikings have also submitted an application with the NFL to potentially host the Super Bowl after the 2017, ’18 or ’19 seasons.
At present, the Vikings are scheduled to move into their new downtown stadium for the 2016 season. That would give them two full seasons before they could host the Super Bowl at the earliest in February 2018.
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