Bakk: New Vikings stadium not good fit in Minneapolis

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  • May 18, 2011 - 10:50 AM
Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk, who has long supported a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, is not enamored with building the project in Minneapolis.
Bakk, DFL-Cook, said building the project at the Metrodome, where the team has played for 29 years, poses parking problems and that the Vikings’ preferred site in suburban Arden Hills has advantages for the team.
“As a transportation issue, it’s not as though downtown Minneapolis is a good location,” said Bakk. “You just try to get out of there onto Washington Avenue , and you try to go north after an event there – it’s pretty tough.
“It’s hardly ideal,” he added. “The [mass] transit [is] right there, close, so that’s the one thing they have going for them downtown, but the parking’s lousy.
“One of the challenges the Vikings have had is they don’t get any parking revenue” at the Metrodome, he said. “That’s an obstacle for them that they won’t have at Arden Hills.”
The team is pushing to build a $1 billion stadium in Ramsey County’s Arden Hills, although Minneapolis officials have offered a competing proposal to build a new stadium at the site of the Metrodome.

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