Vikings list $67M in 'hidden' costs for new venue
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings say building a new stadium on the site of the Metrodome would come with $67 million in hidden costs.
The team detailed the costs in a letter made public Tuesday.
The Vikings say they would need to spend three seasons playing at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, costing them $37 million in revenue. And they say the college stadium would need nearly $11 million in facility upgrades, plus another $19 million to upgrade parking options.
The team says that would push the true cost at the Metrodome to $962 million. They say they still prefer to build in Arden Hills, a suburb north of St. Paul.
Gov. Mark Dayton has asked Ramsey County and Minneapolis leaders to finalize their stadium proposals by Thursday.