It will mark the ninth time in the last year that the Vikings have agreed to contribute more money to the stadium budget in order to add more amenities to the facility that will make it state of the art. In the original $975 million budget, the Vikings were scheduled to pay $477 million. Thanks to the most recent contribution bump, the Vikings’ end of the budget has reached more than $540 million and raised the overall budget to $1.06 billion.
The money is going to be used for several improvements, including enhancements to the stadium plaza, event-level space build-outs, food service equipment, additional retractable seating and a club-level deck that overlooks the Minneapolis skyline.
In a statement, Vikings President Mark Wilf said that that Vikings are committed to making improvements to the stadium to enhance that game day atmosphere for the fans.
“Our focus remains on providing a first-class experience to all our fans,” Wilf said. “When the process is over and we open up this building in 2016, we want to say we did what we could to ensure the best game day experience possible.”
Stadium opponents have consistently groused about the public contribution to the Vikings’ new digs, despite that the unfinished building has already secured the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four men’s basketball tournament, which is expected to generate revenue surpassing the state’s contribution to the new stadium. But the reality is that the Wilfs don’t want a typical stadium. They want a facility that will be a showpiece. It will be an iconic image on the Minneapolis skyline.
Had the Wilfs not thrown in an extra dime, the new stadium would be a showcase for other cities building a new facility to use as a blueprint. As it stands, the Wilfs’ insistence on not cutting corners or taking second-best is going to be something that makes the new Vikings stadium not only the newest of the NFL’s 32 homes, but this side of the Taj Ma Y’all down in Dallas, arguably the best facility on the planet.