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Hot Dish Politics: Not sure whether new stadium will have retractable roof

Posted by: Mike Kaszuba under Funding, Minnesota governor, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, Minnesota state senators, State budgets Updated: May 10, 2012 - 2:32 AM


The new agreement for a Minnesota Vikings stadium gives the team the option of having a retractable roof.

So will they have one?

“It’s going to be difficult with a $975 million budget” for the stadium, Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said early Thursday after a House-Senate agreement on the project was released. “It’s still an option, an opportunity.

“That’s to be determined,” he added.

Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, the chief House stadium author, said the Vikings might push for a retractable roof because the team was also given exclusive rights for five years to obtain a professional soccer team franchise. The team would play in the new stadium.

“To have a soccer team, they’d like to open [the stadium] up,” said Lanning.


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