Late entry in Viking stadium sweepstakes

Published 9:10 am Wednesday, January 11, 2012


SHAKOPEE — There’s a late entry into the push for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Shakopee wants to be considered as an option. Mayor Brad Tabke said a 130-acre site between Highways 101 and 169 has existing infrastructure, no need for any environmental cleanup and several routes leading to it.

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Shakopee’s proposal comes a day before a Thursday deadline set by Gov. Mark Dayton for Minneapolis and Ramsey County to finalize stadium proposals. The Minnesota Vikings said Tuesday that building a new stadium on the current site of the Metrodome would include $67 million in hidden costs that should be considered.

The Vikings continue to prefer the Ramsey County option — a $1.1 billion stadium on the site of a former Army ammunition plant in Arden Hills.