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Thursday, January 13, 2011
BBAO: No change for Vikings' stadium offer

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

In discussing the Minnesota Vikings' stadium situation Wednesday, a top official told the Associated Press that the team would pay for one-third of the cost of an open-air stadium. Lester Bagley, vice president of stadium development and public affairs, said the team doesn't need a roof, which could add more than $200 million to what would otherwise be a $700 million project.

Bagley's statement was newsworthy because it signified the team plans no changes to its long-standing approach on financing this project. The Vikings know that an open-air stadium is far less likely to be approved by the state legislature than either a dome or one with a retractable roof, which would allow events to be held in the facility year-round and serve as a true replacement for the Metrodome. But the Vikings want to position those who would benefit from a roof -- state taxpayers -- to pay for the additional expense.

For the Vikings, it's a difference between paying about $230 million and perhaps $300 million for their share of the project.

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