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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Around the Horns: Groundbreaking date set

By Ben Goessling

Welcome to Around the Horns, our daily look at what's happening on the Vikings beat:

While the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority was investigating the finances of the Wilf family this fall, the Vikings were adamant in saying the review of the team's owners had to get done in time to break ground on the team's new stadium in November. Otherwise, construction would have to wait until next spring, potentially delaying the opening of the $975 million facility.

Well, apparently the November deadline could be fudged by a few days.

The Vikings will break ground on the new stadium Dec. 3, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, after the team and stadium authority agreed on how to reach a $737.7 million "guaranteed maximum price" for construction costs.

Stadium groundbreakings are largely ceremonial, more about photo opportunities and soundbites than actual construction progress. But the most significant element of the news is that MSFA chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen said the stadium will still be on track for a 2016 opening. The Vikings' path to this point has contained numerous fits and starts, but at this point, it seems like things are finally ready to move forward.

Here are today's other Vikings stories of note: