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    Re: Minnesota Vikings Stadium Bill Stays Alive At Capitol

    the gophers don't deserve a stadium, they don't bring in money like the nfl does.
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    Vikings | Stadium proposal approved by Senate panel
    Wed, 5 Apr 2006 22:13:42 -0700

    Don Davis, of the West Central Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings stadium proposal was approved on a voice vote Wednesday, April 5, by the Senate State and Local Government Operations Committee.

    The proposal has at least two more committees to vote on it before it reaches a full Senate vote. Team owner Zygi Wilf has taken the rough proposal to build a stadium in Blaine and expanded it to inlude a major shopping complex, hotel and entertainment center.

    Wilf would fund most of the development himself while a proposed increase in sales tax would help raise $280 million. The proposed complex, called the Northern Lights, would create 4,000 construction jovs for three years and 9,000 permanent jobs when the complex opens.

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings Stadium Bill Stays Alive At Capitol

    [size=18px]Vikings owner claims complex a tax windfall[/size]

    By Don Davis, The Forum
    Published Thursday, April 06, 2006


    ST. PAUL – Minnesota would receive $100 million annually in new taxes if the state allows the Vikings to build a stadium and retail complex, senators heard Wednesday.

    Team owner Zygi Wilf predicted the complex would draw a million visitors a year.

    “The NFL (National Football League) has become a year-around tourist destination,” Wilf told the Senate State and Local Government Operations Committee.

    The panel approved the stadium proposal on a voice vote Wednesday. It has at least two more committee stops before reaching a full Senate vote.

    While the Vikings stadium got its start Wednesday, a separate proposal to build a University of Minnesota football stadium is due for a House vote today and a Minnesota Twins ballpark proposal is advancing.

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    In the year Wilf has owned the Vikings, he has taken a rough proposal to build a stadium in Blaine and expanded it to include a major shopping complex, hotel and entertainment center 15 minutes north of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    Called the Northern Lights, Wilf would fund most of the development himself.

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    He and Anoka County officials seek permission to increase the state sales tax to 75 cents for a $100 purchase, which would raise $280 million of the stadium’s $675 million cost. Wilf would pay another $280 million, while $115 million of sales taxes collected in the North Lights complex would be set aside to repay a loan funding part of a retractable roof and area infrastructure improvements such as roads.

    The 68,500-seat stadium, which could be expanded to more than 72,000 seats for a Super Bowl, would be built on mostly vacant land along Interstate 35W in the northern Twin Cities.

    Supporters said Northern Lights would create 4,000 construction jobs for three years and 9,000 permanent jobs when the complex opens.

    Steve Novak, an Anoka County official, said the Vikings’ project would create more jobs than the entire public works bill, which funds construction projects across the state.

    Echoing what the university and Twins say about the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, Sen. Don Betzold said it “has outlived its usefulness.”

    The Fridley Democrat, sponsor of the Vikings plan, said the football team wants to put all of its facilities – stadium, practice field and team headquarters – in one place. The team now plays in the Metrodome, which opened in 1982. Its headquarters and practice facility are in the western Twin Cities suburbs.

    Wilf said his complex would be the anchor to the northern Twin Cities like the Mall of America and airport anchor the south.

    Rabid Vikings fan Larry Spooner would not be one of those going to retail stores during a Vikings game. Wearing a Daunte Culpepper jersey with the name taped over, Spooner said the team “is a national resource.”

    In lively testimony, Spooner told committee members that the bill they were considering “is a solution” to the long-standing problem of what to do about sports stadiums.

    The only person who testified against the stadium was James Hafner of Coon Rapids, who on Monday opposed a Twins ballpark.

    “I believe they are here for the money,” Hafner said about the Vikings. “There is a tremendous amount of money involved.”

    Committee members sounded like they generally support the bill.

    “The longer we wait, the more it is going to cost,” Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, said.

    Readers can reach Forum reporter Don Davis at (651) 290-0707

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings Stadium Bill Stays Alive At Capitol

    singer your title is very fitting!

    Git r done Minnesota!
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    Re: Minnesota Vikings Stadium Bill Stays Alive At Capitol

    Being in Missouri, I'm a bit out of the loop, so bear with me. Has a stadium bill ever gotten to the capitol before? I know Red screwed alot of things up and legislators didn't care much for him. I hope this goes through. Any sense on the feelings of Minnesota voters?

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    This is further then red ever got us

    As far as voters go, most of the people I talk to want a new stadium and would not mind having the extra .075% sales tax. Some are football fans and some are not. I really hope this becomes a reality. The dumptydome needs to be replaced ASAP.

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings Stadium Bill Stays Alive At Capitol

    Has anybody else noticed that the funding map for the state money has changed? Or has it always been this way?

    He and Anoka County officials seek permission to increase the state sales tax to 75 cents for a $100 purchase, which would raise $280 million of the stadium’s $675 million cost. Wilf would pay another $280 million, while $115 million of sales taxes collected in the North Lights complex would be set aside to repay a loan funding part of a retractable roof and area infrastructure improvements such as roads.

    Before I believe the plan was just to request the $115 fromthe state, not reclaim coffer taxes... Anybody know for sure?
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    singer your title is very fitting!

    Git r done Minnesota!
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    Of course it is! As is everyone else with a title. Webby always asigns fitting titles.

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    ziggy is da man!

























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    Man I hope this gets done. We need to get out of the metrodome.

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