Up On the Roof

The Vikings are serious about trying to get their stadium deal done this Legislative session -- even if it means blowing the roof off the place.

The Vikings find themselves in a familiar position as the State Legislature enters its final week of the current session -- looking for a stadium deal that may not be coming.

After a Senate bill turned a House proposal on its ear, the Vikings are close to getting their stadium proposal to a vote. As an enticement, the Vikings made a surprise offer Monday to a conference committee -- they're willing to blow the roof off.

In an attempt to make their stadium deal more palatable to legislators, the Vikings made an offer to not have a roof on the stadium. All previous Vikings stadium deals have included a retractable roof. By eliminating the roof from the deal, the Vikings would reduce the cost of the stadium by approximately $115 million.

Anoka County sponsors of the stadium proposal want to keep the roof part of the stadium deal -- they would like to see multiple uses for the stadium that would be eliminated for much of the year if there is no roof. They will likely not be in favor of such a proposal.

The stadium bill remains in conference committee and is expected to come out of committee no later than Thursday. The Vikings remain optimistic that a stadium deal will get done this session, but there's a growing sentiment that the committee will recommend a Twins stadium, but not a Vikings plan this year.

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