Vikings, MSFC Reach Deal

The Vikings announced a deal has been reached with the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission for the construction of another luxury suite in the Metrodome as well as a better concession deal.

Red McCombs had little luck in dealing with the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission in his years as Vikings owner. Saddled with an agreement signed by Mike Lynn seemingly primarily for the benefit of Mike Lynn only, the Vikings consistently complained about the deal. Not only did the MSFC take in considerable money off the Vikings largesse in the sports community, but they even had to kick in some of their concessions money to the Twins.

That would appear to be changing. A year after agreeing to build a luxury suite in left field of the Metrodome's baseball configuration, the Vikings and MSFC announced this week that another luxury box will be constructed -- which, along with a side deal made by both parties, will save the Vikings about $750,000 this year.

The rental on the suite in the left field area cost the Vikings $900,000 last year. That figure will drop to $400,000 each for next season -- realizing a savings to the team of about a half-million dollars this year. In addition, the Vikings will also see an increase in their share of the concessions revenue from 10 percent to 15 percent, which is expected to be worth about an additional $250,000.

While the Vikings remain optimistic about getting the ball rolling on an Anoka County stadium, the latest move is a sign that the Wilf family may have better luck in securing assistance from the powers that be than McCombs was during his seven-year ownership reign.

* While Fran Foley officially signed a three-year deal this week, all of the scouting staff remains under contract through May 31 -- meaning Scott Studwell and his staff will oversee this year's draft.
* The Vikings officially announced the signing of five players who had agreed to contracts after the conclusion of the regular season. They are OL Sean Bubin, WR Kelvin Kight, kicker Jonathon Nichols, DE Eric Taylor and CB Marvin Ward. Bubin, Nichols, Taylor, Ward and WR Aaron Hosack were all allocated to NFL Europe.

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