Hartman: Vikings' stadium budget will be set soon

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 31, 2013 - 1:40 PM

Vikings VP Lester Bagley says there are still some "dominoes" to fall for final financial plan to go into place.

hide

Vikings center John Sullivan (65) blocked for quarterback Christian Ponder.

Photo: Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune file

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said the new stadium budget will be set soon.

“We’re working hard because we can’t get to a guaranteed maximum price with Mortenson [Construction] until we’re in agreement on the budget,” he said. “And we can’t do our financing until we get a guaranteed maximum price. These are dominoes that have to fall, and the first thing we have to do is get the project [on] budget and we’re not there yet.”

Bagley added that the team is getting closer to a deal.

“We’re in shouting distance but it’s tough,” he said. “We want to have a first-class NFL facility. We want to have the best stadium in the league, and we want to make sure that all of the amenities for our fans get included in this building. That’s what the battle is here. We can’t cut basic amenities out, we have to find a way to get all the things that benefit our fans into the stadium.”

How long does Bagley think it will take until the budget is resolved?

“Within the next week, we have to have this guaranteed maximum price for Mortenson so we can close on our financing and then the state can issue their bonds for their side of the price,” he said.

Bagley also mentioned there’s a possibility the Vikings could play in London again in 2015, because of the great success the team had there this year, rather than playing all eight home games at TCF Bank Stadium.

Kill’s influence

Gophers quarterback Philip Nelson recently spoke about coach Jerry Kill’s continued presence around the football team, after he took a leave of absence to concentrate on treatments for his epilepsy.

Nelson said Kill helped the team to victories over Northwestern and Nebraska.

“It’s crazy how inspirational he is for this whole team,” Nelson said. “Even when he’s not there out on the field with us, we all know that he’s there and we’re playing for him.

“After the game, he tells us all the time how resilient we really are. We’re a resilient bunch of people, that’s what he always tell us. … You always listen to what Coach says and all, but I think that’s something that is exactly right: Everything this team has gone through and we’ve been able to keep on the course, even without Coach. That shows how resilient this team really is.”

Nelson was asked what the Gophers (6-2) are expecting when they play Saturday at Indiana, where they are 9½-point underdogs.

“We haven’t played Indiana in a while [since 2008] and I think we’re excited for the opportunity,” Nelson said. “We can’t be satisfied with where we’re at right now. Our goal wasn’t to win six games this year. I think this is just another great opportunity for us to keep proving to ourselves and to go on the road and get a good Big Ten victory.”

Jottings

• One positive thing about the 44-31 loss to the Packers was the great job Cordarrelle Patterson did returning kickoffs, including his 109-yard touchdown return to start the game. “He’s done a terrific job all season long on kickoff returns,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. “I think he was the special teams player of the month for the first month of the season, so he’s continued that. He’s been terrific and kudos to the guys that are blocking for him, but he’s a major threat on kickoff returns without a question.”

• Indications are that Apple Valley point guard Tyus Jones, now ranked as the fifth-best high school player in the country in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.com and fourth by ESPN.com, will soon announce he will attend either Kansas or Duke. I am sure it will be Duke.

• With the signing of guards Nate Mason and Carlos “Squirrel” Morris this week, Richard Pitino now has three commitments for the Gophers in the Class of 2014. Mason is a 5-11 guard from Montrose Christian in Rockville, Md., who had offers from several other schools, including Clemson, Harvard, Kansas State and Memphis. Morris is a 6-4 guard from Chipola Junior College in Jacksonville, Fla., who also had offers from Arkansas, Seton Hall and West Virginia, among other schools.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Baltimore 2 Top 9th Inning
Detroit 15
NY Yankees 5 Bottom 9th Inning
Philadelphia 5
Northeastern 1 FINAL
Boston 2
Miami-Fla 1 FINAL
Miami 7
Pittsburgh 8 Top 9th Inning
Toronto 6
San Francisco 2 Bottom 3rd Inning
Oakland 4
Cleveland 0 Top 4th Inning
Cincinnati 1
Boston College 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Boston 0
Arizona State 4:10 PM
Arizona
Boston 6:00 PM
Cleveland
LA Lakers 6:00 PM
Charlotte
Sacramento 6:00 PM
New York
Houston 6:30 PM
Atlanta
Utah 7:00 PM
Memphis
Washington 7:00 PM
Chicago
Milwaukee 8:00 PM
Denver
Nashville 6:00 PM
New Jersey
Calgary 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
Washington 6:00 PM
Columbus
Buffalo 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Toronto 6:30 PM
Florida
Ottawa 7:00 PM
Minnesota
NY Islanders 7:30 PM
Dallas
Anaheim 8:00 PM
Arizona
Los Angeles 8:30 PM
Edmonton
San Jose 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Ole Miss 6:00 PM
Alabama
Eastern Mich 6:00 PM
Ball State
Kent State 6:00 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Georgetown 6:00 PM
Butler
Toledo 6:00 PM
Central Mich
Rhode Island 6:00 PM
Dayton
Youngstown St 6:00 PM
Detroit
North Carolina 6:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Loyola-Maryland 6:00 PM
Holy Cross
Iowa 6:00 PM
Indiana
Akron 6:00 PM
Miami-Ohio
Army 6:00 PM
Navy
Maryland 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Kennesaw St 6:00 PM
USC Upstate
Jacksonville 6:00 PM
Fla Gulf Coast
Lipscomb 6:00 PM
Northern Ky
Stetson 6:30 PM
North Florida
Wright State 7:00 PM
Ill-Chicago
Western Mich 7:00 PM
Northern Ill
Nebraska Omaha 7:00 PM
North Dakota
Houston Baptist 7:00 PM
Abilene Christian
NC State 8:00 PM
Clemson
Texas A&M 8:00 PM
Florida
Kentucky 8:00 PM
Georgia
West Virginia 8:00 PM
Kansas
Auburn 8:00 PM
Missouri
Michigan 8:00 PM
Northwestern
Villanova 8:15 PM
Creighton
Longwood 55 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 63
Charleston Southern 26 2nd Half 9:35
Presbyterian 36
Coastal Carolina 5:00 PM
UNC-Asheville
NJIT 6:00 PM
UMass Lowell
West Virginia 7:00 PM
Kansas State
TCU 7:00 PM
Texas
Fresno State 8:00 PM
Air Force
San Jose St 8:00 PM
Boise State
Nevada 8:00 PM
Colorado State
UNLV 8:00 PM
San Diego State
Wyoming 8:00 PM
Utah State
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: With Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned, what should the Vikings do?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close