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Bagley Live Chat Bolsters Hope

As the Draft hype dies down, there are a few storylines revolving around the Vikings that will endure.  Brett Favre, StarCaps, and the Stadium proposal are issues that will not be dying anytime soon.

The Stadium issue is one that is getting the most recent spotlight, mainly because of the Vikings efforts to put it there.

In a live chat on the Vikings official site today Lester Bagley, vice president of public affairs and stadium development, gave stadium supporters a reason to be hopeful.

The State Legislature will be dismissed (probably) on May 17th, so you can expect the Vikings to make at least one formal proposal in the next few days.  Along with the proposals will be a schedule of public hearings on the issue.

This would give the Vikings about three weeks to get the Legislature to bite on the bill, and during those three weeks you can expect to see a very heavy push towards getting it done.

Bagley thought that there would be perhaps two proposals put forth, one that uses the existing site of the Metrodome and one that asks for a local government to step up with a financial proposal for a new building all together.

Bagley suggested that many creative funding sources have been thrown around.  Since the State of Minnesota has a budget deficit to worry about, the goal is not to have taxpayers foot the bill, but rather to find ways to make those who use the facility pay for it.  We have discussed the lotto idea here before, but chances are there will be a few other methods thrown into the mix.

The project is expected to cost $870 million and Zygi Wilf and the NFL have offered to pay $215 million of that.

I am now taking bets on what the Vikings obtain first, a Stadium of the Future or a Quarterback of the Future.  After this weekend, my odds are on the stadium.


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4 Responses to “Bagley Live Chat Bolsters Hope”

  1. Purple Charlie says:

    Yeah, I hope it gets done, Keep the Vikings in Minnesota !!!

  2. olderthandirt says:

    After listening to Chilli, it has to be a Stadium of the Future. He’s still “dreaming” of Favre, the “2020
    MVP”. What a character!!

  3. Ole says:

    so the good citizens of the state of Minnesota have to come up with approximately $655 million to build a new stadium

    solutions:
    put a toll booth on every bridge from Wisconsin
    quadruple the income tax for any Wisc. resident working in Minnesota
    Rob all the banks in Wisconsin
    Kidnap the Miller brewery and hold it for ransom
    Sell Wisconsin to a Russian billionaire (cows not included)
    Sell Iowa sheep to Wisconsinites as sex slaves
    Sell Viking John’s pontoon boat to Fred Smoot

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