Vikings sail through stadium pitches

January 19, 2012 by  

A Minnesota suburban municipality has joined a host of other hopefuls eager to build a new stadium for the Vikings NFL franchise.

Shakopee, located south of the city of Minneapolis, added its name to the roster of locations vying for the plush stadium contract just days before the deadline. State officials lobbying for a subsidy to help build the stadium are still arguing over the issue in the legislature.

The new mayor of Shakopee, Brad Tabke, has set aside a 130-acre build site. Tabke says the site is the best of the four other proposed location for the new stadium. One is from Ramsey County and three are from organizations that have scouted possible built sites in the heart of Minneapolis. Shakopee’s 130 acres is located close to the Valley Fair amusement park, which is right between several state highways. As some infrastructure is already in place, the complete build would be the most cost effective of those submitted and there would be little or no cost to clean it up. Tabke said he believed the estimate to build on the Shakopee site is $920 million, and is the lowest proposal currently on the table.

If chosen, the Vikings would be a forward pass away from Canterbury Park track. Minnesota’s largest casino operated by Aboriginal Americans, Mystic Lake, is in neighboring Prior Lake. Six million people a year visit the Shakopee area. The commercial business sector is well equipped to handle a new NFL-sized stadium, such print companies ready to serve with high-tech banner printing capabilities for Viking promotions and marketing.

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