Inch by inch on stadium push

  • Updated: October 1, 2009 - 9:36 PM


May 2005: Zygi Wilf buys the Minnesota Vikings for $600 million and soon begins pressing for a new outdoor stadium.

September 2005: The Vikings reach an agreement with Anoka County to build a $675 million stadium in Blaine. The plan would rely on $395 or more million from taxpayers.

November 2006: Anoka County ends its bid to help build a stadium with the Vikings after the team joins a study of downtown Minneapolis stadium sites.

June 2007: The Vikings tentatively agree to buy four city blocks for $45 million from Avista Capital Partners, then-owner of the Star Tribune, as part of a plan to build a new stadium near the Metrodome and to develop the land around it.

August 2007: The Vikings cancel the $45 million deal.

July 2008: The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which operates the Dome, unveil a $853 million design for a retractable-roof stadium, reusing part of the Dome.

2009: Despite a state budget deficit, proponents of a new stadium for the Vikings quietly try to rally interest in the Legislature, so far without success

Thursday: The team announces it will not renew its Metrodome lease when it expires after the 2011 season.

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