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09:34 AM ET 03.05 | At this juncture, if you're handicapping the Minnesota Vikings' chances for a new stadium, it's a good bet the team will get approval before the end of the legislative session. Call that prediction educated conjecture. Financing would come from state and Hennepin County taxes as well as the Vikings, who will have to put up more than they want -- about $400 million of an estimated $900 million overall cost. The stadium will have a roof, but it won't be retractable. Location: Don't be surprised if it's built just west of the Minnesota Twins' Target Field rather than on the site of the Metrodome.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

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March 5, 2011  09:41 AM ET

More Tax Payer Funding.

What a surprise.

March 5, 2011  09:46 AM ET

Will the roof support snow??

March 5, 2011  09:48 AM ET

the vikings are a joke

March 5, 2011  09:49 AM ET

So, despite a bad economy, citizens in Minnesota are going to shell out 400 million for a mediocre football team?

March 5, 2011  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Will the roof support snow??

Not only will it support snow, but it will also support continued mediocrity.

March 5, 2011  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So, despite a bad economy, citizens in Minnesota are going to shell out 400 million for a mediocre football team?

With a smile on their faces no doubt...

March 5, 2011  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

So, despite a bad economy, citizens in Minnesota are going to shell out 400 million for a mediocre football team?

And next door in Wisconsin they're Union Busting for a lesser amount.

March 5, 2011  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Not only will it support snow, but it will also support continued mediocrity.

Nice.

March 5, 2011  09:59 AM ET

I'm guessing this means the Vikings are not moving to Los Angeles?

March 5, 2011  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'm guessing this means the Vikings are not moving to Los Angeles?

Holding a City hostage for a new Stadium is a proven strategy.

March 5, 2011  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

More Tax Payer Funding.What a surprise.

I'm sure that will go over about as well as rising prices at the gas pumps.

March 5, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'm guessing this means the Vikings are not moving to Los Angeles?

Does the NFL (&/or networks) prefer a NFC or an AFC team in LA?

March 5, 2011  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Holding a City hostage for a new Stadium is a proven strategy.

It might be a better tactic if the Vikes weren't going to be in rebuild mode. New coach, no proven QB on the roster... not much to get anyone excited outside of the homestate fanbase.

March 5, 2011  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Not only will it support snow, but it will also support continued mediocrity.

And I know where they can get the blue prints. Oh wait, snows a problem but for over a billion you still get mediocrity.

March 5, 2011  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

And I know where they can get the blue prints. Oh wait, snows a problem but for over a billion you still get mediocrity.

They build two things well in MN...Bridges and Stadiums..
If they build a bridge to the new stadium they will have the trifecta...and bridge to a stadium where they can watch all three collapse...

March 5, 2011  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Does the NFL (&/or networks) prefer a NFC or an AFC team in LA?

I think the main teams mentioned for moving to LA have been the Vikings and Jaguars.

The Bills get mentioned but I'd assume they'd be more inclined to move to Toronto, if anywhere.

March 5, 2011  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

They build two things well in MN...Bridges and Stadiums..If they build a bridge to the new stadium they will have the trifecta...a bridge to a stadium where with the team all three can collapse...

There...Fixed it...Extra sarcasim no extra charge this morning..

March 5, 2011  10:51 AM ET
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So, despite a bad economy, citizens in Minnesota are going to shell out 400 million for a mediocre football team?

But, but, don't the owners want more money so they can fund stadiums? This must be a mistake, this whole article.

March 5, 2011  11:09 AM ET

At least it keeps the NFL out of LA.

 
March 5, 2011  11:23 AM ET

Yeaaaa, more socializing of the debt and privatizing of the profits. I hope all of these folks with increased taxes are Vikings fans.

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