Was move talk a bluff? Wilf keeps his poker face

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 12, 2012 - 1:03 AM
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Zygi Wilf and his brother Mark Wilf were all smiles as they talked about the business behind the Vikings stadium bill Friday at Winter Park.

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On the day after securing a new stadium, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said it was "Monday-morning quarterbacking" to say whether he would have sold or moved the team had the project not been approved.

"I don't like Monday-morning quarterbacking. Since the question is moot, I have no thoughts about it," said Wilf, sitting in his office at the team's practice facility in Eden Prairie.

Wilf and his brother, Mark Wilf, the team's president, declined to say Friday how much new revenue the stadium would bring, or how much of the Viking's $477 million stadium contribution would come from their own money.

"I can't say for sure," Zygi Wilf said of the stadium's revenue projections. "I don't really get into those numbers."

The Wilfs spoke to reporters a day after the Legislature approved a large public subsidy package for the nearly $1 billion stadium, with $348 million coming from the state, and $150 million coming from Minneapolis.

Mark Wilf insisted that the team had decided only in the past few days to increase its share by $50 million in order to finalize the agreement. He said that "$427 [million] was the number, but things changed, circumstances changed as we got to the end."

Mark Wilf also said the team would play "one season for sure" at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, and that the team could make a bid next year to have the 2017 Super Bowl at the new stadium.

While Zygi Wilf talked Friday of the possibility that the new stadium could have a retractable roof, he did not commit to one.

Mike Kaszuba • 612-673-1736

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