The Minnesota Vikings will get one step closer to figuring out this mess that is their stadium situation on Thursday. As per a deadline set by Governor Mark Dayton, the various communities that are hoping to play host to a new football stadium for the Vikings have until 5:00 p.m. to submit their final proposals. Said communities are only allowed to present one proposal, in an effort to narrow down the potential sites.
It's hard to figure out, say, the feasibility of a site in Arden Hills in comparison with a site in Minneapolis because the state doesn't know which proposal in Minneapolis is really the one that the city wants to run with. Minneapolis is expected to submit a plan to build a new stadium at the current Metrodome site, which they say is the cheapest and most sensible option available. There are secondary options in Minneapolis that could garner consideration, but the city is expected to run with the Metrodome site.
Ramsey County is going to submit their final proposal in regards to the site in Arden Hills, which the Vikings have considered their No. 1 option going forward. Lastly, late to the part is Shakopee, who announced their desire to build a surprisingly feasible stadium in the same area as ValleyFair and Canterbury Park. It's a wild card at this point, a late plan announced by a newly-elected mayor, so it should be interesting to see where that one goes.