Vikings: Stadium delay raises costs, lease issues
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota Vikings official warns that a delayed stadium financing vote by the state legislature would add costs while freeing the team from its Minnesota lease.
Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said Wednesday that putting off a vote until next year's legislative session would threaten an anticipated 2015 stadium opening and add as much as $50 million. He stopped short of saying the team would pull up stakes, but noted that after this season the Vikings "will be the only team without a lease." The Vikings have four remaining home games in their Metrodome lease.
Bagley's comments to The Associated Press came after House Speaker Kurt Zellers' newly voiced opposition to an emergency session to act on a stadium this year. Gov. Mark Dayton wants action this month or next.