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Vikings Stadium Update: Deal Announced, But Hurdles Remain

In a Thursday morning press conference, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton announced what he called “a new People’s Stadium” in Minneapolis at the site of the old Metrodome.

According to the Star Tribune, the stadium deal is for $975 million and would be open in 2016. According to the deal, the Vikings would pay more than 50 percent of the construction and operating expenses.

The Vikings’ quest for a new stadium is not yet a sure thing, however. Dayton said that the deal is now in the hands of lawmakers and others who must approve it.

He implored the state legislature and Minneapolis City Council to “consider carefully what is at stake.” According to the Star Tribune, Dayton said,

“Now the real work begins.”

The Star Tribune added,

There are serious doubts about any Vikings stadium deal from both governing bodies.

SB Nation Minnesota will have continuing coverage of plans for a new stadium.

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