Stadium Deal Ready to Be Unveiled

The Vikings are prepared to announce the plans for a state-of-the-art Vikings stadium in Anoka County.

The process of getting the Vikings out of the Metrodome has been a long one. It wore out Red McCombs, who wasn't convinced it would ever happen and sold the Vikings. New owner Zygi Wilf took the first step to trying to get the job done by finalizing an agreement with Anoka County for a $675 million stadium proposal.

The plan, which is to be announced officially this week, would call for a retractable roof stadium. But it won't be a cut-and-dried deal with state officials.

Part of the proposal calls for $400 million to be made up in public funds -- a sales tax in the county of almost $280 million and more than $100 million from the state -- a figure much more easily proposed than done.

Initial reaction from state officials has been cool, but most are reserving judgment until they see the final plan.

* An MRI on Nate Burleson's knee showed a PCL strain and he is likely going to sit out Sunday's game with the Saints.
* Word has begun to circulate that Daunte Culpepper has been playing with an injured knee suffered in the opener, which could explain his two rushes in Sunday's loss.
* Kelly Campbell has reached an agreement with Fulton County (Ga.) officials to avoid a trial on weapons and marijuana possession charges.
* For those who saw the wild finish of the Redskins-Cowboys Monday Night Game, there was a Vikings connection. The last time a team won a game in which a QB and wide receiver had two touchdowns of 30 or more yards in the final five minutes was Dec. 1 1985, when Wade Wilson hit Anthony Carter for a pair of scores to help the Vikings beat the Eagles.

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