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Minnesota Vikings Stadium: Vikings Slow Stadium Push During Minnesota Shutdown

The entire state of Minnesota has shut down thanks to the budget impasse that both sides have allowed to advance entirely too far. Because of this, every government agency across the state has been closed up, and there are very few people in the state of Minnesota that are unaffected by this.

The Minnesota Vikings no doubt realize this, and as a result have slowed down their push for a new stadium until after the budget crisis has been resolved, according to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. There's no question that it would be incredibly bad form for the team to continue pushing for a stadium during a time when government employees are not working and with people are having their day-to-day lives affected by lack of services.

Also, one of the rumors that we reported on yesterday turned out to not be true, according to Hartman.

The source also said the cost of the stadium, as figured by Mortenson Construction, is still at $1 billion, not $800 million. While the Wilf family has agreed to furnish the $407 million they originally agreed to contribute, plus additional money they pledged in a recent meeting with the governor, there has been no agreement on spending less than $1 billion on the stadium. But this is something that could be negotiated.

So, there's no change on that front. Apparently the stadium would still have a retractable roof on it and not (possibly) be an outdoor stadium as we speculated over at The Daily Norseman.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.