With news surfacing Thursday morning that the Vikings are on the verge of a deal that will give them a new downtown stadium, the excitement across the state seems palpable. Yes, approval from the Minneapolis city council and the state legislature is needed before the shovels can be broken out and construction can begin. But after a grueling political wrestling match, the Vikings’ new stadium hopes are further along than they’ve ever been.
The new stadium would ideally be set to open in 2016 on basically the same footprint that the Metrodome currently occupies. The Vikings would likely remain playing at Mall of America Field for the next three seasons then spend the 2015 campaign at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Sifting through all the details of the new stadium proposal can be overwhelming. But hopefully we can steer you in the right direction with our full-team coverage. After today’s press conference at the state capitol, here are some helpful shortcuts to understanding more about the stadium logistics.
- The summary of the financial details is included here.
- Here also is the site map for the new stadium and where it would be located in downtown.
- If you want to visualize the location better, here's a 360-degree view of the site.
Of course, none of this will be a done deal until the Minneapolis city council and the state legislature grant approval. So it will be interesting to see just how much significan backlash may surface.