McCombs Offers 100K To Study

Vikings owner Red McCombs released a statement Tuesday after meeting face to face with officials from Anoka County and City of Blaine for the construction of a new stadium, praising the effort and offering financial assistance.

For the past three years, Red McCombs has been angered and frustrated by the State Legislature, which has shown little initiative in making the Vikings a front-burner issue.

With a $500 million Twins stadium looking like it is close to completion -- with the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul both fighting for the stadium site -- the same isn't true for the Vikings. Whether it's the threat of contraction or the fact that a baseball stadium would bring thousands of people into the city at least 81 times a year (as opposed to 10 times for preseason and regular season football games), the Vikings remain a back seat issue with the Legislature.

That may change, thanks to the initiative of government representatives from Anoka County and City of Blaine, who have made good on their promise to partner with the Vikings to get a stadium done.

Last weekend, McCombs met face to face with Anoka County Board Chairman Dan Erhart and other county and city officials. He came away from the meeting impressed with the resolve of the officials to get a stadium done and a pledge to contribute to the formulation of master plan documents.

In a statement released Tuesday, McCombs praised the officials for what he termed their "passion for completion of the project." In addition, he has indicated he would be willing to cover $100,000 of the $300,000 cost to formulate the master plan documentation for a presentation to the Legislature.

The current plan calls for a retractable roof stadium that would carry a price tag of $600 million -- almost half of that eventually being paid by a countywide sales tax. The entire project is estimated to be $1.1 billion and would include stores, restaurants and business locations.

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