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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
St. Paul, MN - Vikings stadium plans appear to have changed tonight as the Vikings, the State of Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis are reportedly close to a deal.
A bill is very close to being finalized that would place the Vikings on the current site of the Metrodome. The parties will continue to negotiate and formulate the bill throughout the evening and then the tough work of getting representatives and senators to vote for the bill begins.
If the bill is finalized overnight tonight, which is expected, a press conference will be held at the State Capitol building in St. Paul at 9am tomorrow morning.
The new stadium site would be partially located on the current HHH Metrodome site. Construction will begin where the team parking lot currently resides along 11th street. The Vikings would be able to play at Mall of America Field for 2-3 years during the inital stages of construction. The stadium will be approximately 75% complete when the Vikings will have to move and play 1 season at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. At which time, the Metrodome will be destroyed and the final stages of construction on the new stadium will commence.
Total cost of the proposed stadium is $975 million of which the Vikings will pay 50% of all construction and operating costs.
Under this plan, the new stadium would be open for business to begin the 2016 season.
Minimal details have surfaced surrounding public financing options although hospitality tax is being explored.
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