Arden Hills site is still "Plan A," but details big and small remain unresolved.
The Minnesota Vikings may end up on the hook for a $500 million contribution to the proposed new stadium at Arden Hills.
"If you look at the cost escalation for a project like this ... I think it is fair to say they'll be maybe close to half a billion dollars," Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday. The current deal would require the Vikings to pay for any cost overruns.
Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development, did not warm to the half-billion figure but did not rule it out. He said the ultimate amount the Vikings would pay was "in negotiations."
"The last public number was 407 [million dollars]," he said. Adding on to that, he said, is "the commitment to make it a people's stadium" so that events other than football games can be held at the new stadium. That move, he said, would add $20 million a year.
Plus, "we're on the hook for any cost overruns on the stadium" Bagley said. Unresolved is who will pay for improvements to roads surrounding the new stadium, an expense that could also fall to the Vikings.
Both Bagley and Dayton said Wednesday that the team is looking only at the Ramsey County site in Arden Hills for their new home.
"It is Plan A and it's Arden Hills," Bagley said.
Dayton said if everything moves forward smoothly the state could still have a special session of the Legislature this year to approve the state's financial contribution and allow for Ramsey County's contributions.
RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER
|St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn||4||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann||3|
|Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle||5||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber||0|
|LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson||2||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer||5|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Norris||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Tazawa||4|
|Minnesota - LP: K. Correia||4||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: B. Chen||5|
|Cincinnati||4||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Houston||1||Top 4th Inning|
|Milwaukee - M. Garza||6:05 PM|
|Pittsburgh - W. Rodriguez|
|Atlanta - E. Santana||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - B. Colon|
|NY Yankees - I. Nova||6:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - C. Archer|
|Seattle - R. Elias||6:10 PM|
|Miami - H. Alvarez|
|Chicago WSox - J. Quintana||7:05 PM|
|Texas - C. Lewis|
|Philadelphia - K. Kendrick||7:10 PM|
|Colorado - J. Lyles|
|Arizona - M. Bolsinger||7:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - D. Haren|
|San Francisco - T. Hudson||7:40 PM|
|San Diego - E. Stults|
|Golden State||61||3rd Qtr 8:12|
|Houston||0||2nd Half 44:55|
|New England||1||2nd Half|
|San Jose||5:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||6:00 PM|
|Toronto FC||7:30 PM|
|Sporting Kansas City|
|Real Salt Lake|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|