It's about time to begin a daily countdown for the Minnesota Vikings' current stadium proposal, which faces extinction if the Minnesota state legislature doesn't act on it before Monday night. As I pointed out in the fancy video below -- no, that's not our forthcoming blog innovation -- the Vikings are heading into a critical week in franchise history.
There were two developments Tuesday:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and toured the Vikings' preferred site in Arden Hills, Minn. Afterwards, Goodell committed a league contribution to stadium construction. Goodell promised to provide details in the coming days, and I will be interested to see them. The league's stadium financing program is tapped, and any future contribution would require approval from three-fourths of NFL owners. The Vikings' $407 million portion of the project includes a presumed NFL portion.
Tom Sorel, the Minnesota state transportation commissioner, promised a revised analysis of the cost of road upgrades near the stadium, probably by Wednesday. Previously, Sorel pegged the costs between $175 million to $240 million, figures the Vikings believe are far too high.