Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce in Fridley Friday, Bagley told those in attendance that the Vikings and their fans strongly support the Arden Hills site for a new stadium. He said that Minneapolis has made a strong recent push, but that they were late coming to the table and that the Vikings found a willing partner in Ramsey County.
Bagley pointed out the economic impact the Vikings provide the local community, saying that $130 million annually comes through the NFL's revenue sharing program that constitutes the league's salary cap.
He said that while the Vikings would only play 10 games a year at the new stadium, the Arden Hills site would become the centerpiece of the organization. The plan is that, if the Arden Hills stadium site is approved, the Vikings would move their team headquarters and practice facility from its current location in Eden Prairie to the stadium complex in Arden Hills.
Bagley was joined by Ramsey County Finance Director Lee Mehrkens, who told chamber members that the non-stadium development on the adjoining land would result in approximately $7.7 million annually in property taxes alone.
Bagley said that, at this time, the ball is in the court of the State Legislature, which is expected to come up with a stadium bill proposal in January. But the word seems pretty clear that, despite 11th-hour efforts from the City of Minneapolis, the Vikings remain committed to the Arden Hills site.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.