ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ramsey County officials say they have a deal with the federal government to buy the 430-acre parcel in Arden Hills where the Minnesota Vikings want to build a new football stadium.

County commissioners say Thursday they got a formal purchase offer for the former Army ammunition plant site. Commissioner Rafael Ortega says the county will buy the land for $28.5 million and has until August 1, 2012 to cancel the purchase without penalty if no stadium deal comes together in Ramsey County.

The Vikings hope to build a $1.1 billion football stadium on the land with help from a state subsidy. The Ramsey County officials say a local contractor can clean it up for less than the amount of credit available to the county against the federal government’s proposed price.

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Comments (19)
  1. iknowit says:

    One less hurdle! Things are beginning to shape up so lets hope the elected officials get their acts together and get a proposal done soon.

    1. Paul Bunyan says:

      I agree iknowit this one less hurdle. Hopefully this will add momentum to getting this project done.

  2. G Dog says:

    Why doesn’t the federal government pay for the clean up of the site? It was their impetus to crank out millions of rounds of ammunition there.

  3. Dragons says:

    Sick… 1 mile from my house. Cant wait.

  4. AP says:

    The state will never pay for this monstrosity. Over a BILLION dollars for a football stadium?? HAHAHAA yeah right.

    1. Get educated says:

      I will most likely happen.

  5. Leave the state says:

    No state money, No gambling money No federal money. Only Ziggy money. Move to LA

    1. G Dogg says:


      So you are willing to make up the difference of the loss of tax revenue (Vikes and their opponents), jersey and memorabilia sales, property taxes, parking revenue, motel and hotels $, restaurant revenues, jobs lost for the regular folks who work at the stadium???

      Howe much are you going to kick in???? Surely you have a few million to contribute each year if/when the Vikes leave!

      Or are you just full of hot air?

      1. Mike says:

        It will take 31 years to pay for the costs of the stadium in terms of tax revenue. If you and your sport buddies want a stadium, pitch your money together and send it to Ziggy…………………Vikings suck!

    2. Skol says:

      @Leave the state, You leave. A northern man don’t need you around, anyhow. Sweet home Minnesota for the Vikes.

  6. Obv. says:

    Its gonna get built and we’re gonna pay for most of it, Im fine with it, Im not over extended on my finances like many of you chimps, thanks for helping the vikings stay in Minnesota.

    1. Donnie says:

      Yeah, I feel the same way. I am not eating raman noodles yet. Just build it and get it done.

  7. king says:

    Vikings here to stay ****

  8. Dave says:

    Ziggy should be puting in more than he is. He has how much money and he makes so much every year. Cant figure out why the government doesn’t demant him to pay more than he is.

  9. Zip for Zippy! says:

    Citizens of Ramsey County – you’d better start beating down some doors before your hard earned money is taken from you.

    NO money other than Zygi money! <— I like that solution best.

  10. kazperz says:

    400 million for a stadium that he has zero ownership in and pays a year by year lease in the millions and gets taxed off of that, pretty nice for ZERO ownership, people need to quit thinking that he will own it even a bit of it

  11. Purple Insanity says:

    Unfortunately you can bet your right arm, or your left, that the stadium is a done deal. They have already started to make the necessary changes to Hwy 10 at 694 so the legislators can get there from the capitol in record time.

  12. Ordinary Guy says:

    What does it take to identify with a team? The players aren’t from here, they won’t stay here. They play 8 games a year here, for a few hours each. They’re millionaires playing for billionaires. Only two percent of us in the Twin Cities attend each game. But somehow they are a rallying point, the fighting spirit that unites us in times of uncertainty. Trouble is, they play poorly, relentlessly.

    At these prices, we have to find something better and easier.

  13. Concerned Citizen says:

    So what happens to all the chemicals and poisons in the ground that will be dug up and will the area still be safe for humans.
    The Gopher Munitions Plant (UMORE Park) down in Rosemount have plans to put in housing on the WWII sight. So, what about all the chemicals and poisons that are in the ground there.
    I don’t know about you people but I WILL NOT BE A GINNY PIG for anyone.

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