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Updated: June 20th, 2011 9:10am
Report: Wilfs add another $30M to pledge towards Vikings stadium

Report: Wilfs add another $30M to pledge towards Vikings stadium

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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The clock continues to tick on the Minnesota Vikings' stadium push, and owners Zygi and Mark Wilf reportedly have increased their financial pledge again.

According to the Star Tribune, the Wilfs agreed to add about $30 million to their existing $407 million contribution towards the proposed $1.057 billion stadium project in Arden Hills during a meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton last week.

Originally, the Vikings pledged to pay one-third of the cost of a new stadium, not including the price of a roof. However, when the team reached agreement with Ramsey County last month, its contribution was 39%, with the county paying $350 million (33%) and the state needing to approve a $300 million contribution (28%).

That didn't include $131 million in off-site road upgrades that remain at issue. The Vikings' increased contribution would help address that shortfall, according to the Star Tribune, which reported another meeting including the Wilfs, Dayton and other principals in the stadium discussion is scheduled for Thursday.

State legislators have until June 30 to agree to a budget in order to avoid a government shutdown. A Vikings stadium bill could also be considered and approved quickly if and when a special session of the Legislature begins.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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