Vikings say site east of Metrodome 'unworkable'

1:20 PM, Jan 31, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Vikings want to put an end to one stadium discussion. The team is now on record, emphatically, stating there is no fourth site option in Minneapolis. 

There has been some talk about the team looking into the land just east of the Metrodome; building there would allow the team to keep playing at Mall of America Field while a stadium would be built.

"Calling it the fourth site is people getting carried away.  There is no viable plan and no viable site," Lester Bagley, Vikings Vice President told KARE 11.

Building in that area would have required knocking down a power substation and bulldozing the 511 building, which is billed as a high-tech hotel and data center holding several long-term leases. 

Anupham Kharbanda's family owns the building.  He said the building and land is not for sale, at any price. "The rumor should die where it started," Kharbanda said.

Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak, who is leading the city's stadium charge, says he knows very little about that site.  State Representative Morrie Lanning, who is carrying the stadium bill in the house, said the same thing, adding he has not had any conversations or seen any particulars about the area.

Lanning did say the stadium working group has focused on one source of state funding for a stadium.  He says you can expect to hear more about electronic pull tabs in the coming week, explaining the form of expanded gambling could carry the lion's share of the state's contribution.

Lanning also added that he is waiting for more concrete local share proposals from both Minneapolis and Ramsey County.


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