ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A construction firm involved in planning a proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium is refuting a report that it couldn’t be built by the 2015 football season.

An executive for Mortenson Construction told state leaders Tuesday that a construction schedule premised on a 2015 opening is “very adequate” as long as a stadium bill passes this fall and there are prompt regulatory approvals. His letter is meant to allay concerns about an Arden Hills site favored by the Vikings.

A state report released previously called the timeline “aggressive” and “unrealistic” while raising fears of costly overruns.

The Vikings are pushing for public financing toward a new stadium. Lawmakers haven’t pinned down how to pay for a portion of the $1 billion cost.

The Vikings have four games remaining on their Metrodome lease.

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Comments (14)
  1. Swamp Fox says:

    If Mortensen Construction says they can build and deliver the stadium; on time, on budget minus the usual machinations of politics or MN BS; for a 2015 season opener, then let the hometown guys make it so! Build it and they will come. Also, there is money to be made by MN and all concerned.

    Get the agreements and the legislation done so we can play football. Besides I can’t wait for the opening tailgater’s extravaganzas to happen at the Ammo Place!!!

    1. Skol stadium says:

      I agree 100% with you. Now is the time to get it done and save the Vikings. This is the second comment on this page. Let’s count how many “move to LA” or “get your hands out of my pockets” trolls enter their comments on here. They are like vermin.

    2. Walter says:

      Great! Write Zygi a check.

      1. Swamp Fox says:

        You are doing it again with inane comments. Think about the final result and quit complaining.

  2. Purple Pride says:

    I also agree 100%. I’m sick of people saying they don’t want a new stadium because they don’t want their taxes to go up, who does. But what do you think will happen if the Vikings leave? How will MN make up the money the Vikings bring in? How will they make up the state taxes the Vikings pay in? Let me guess, our taxes will go up. I think MN should make Vikings license plates and charge an extra $25 that could go a long way towards a new stadium if the Vikngs vans buy them, I know I would. It would be a shame it the Vikings leave. Stay Vikes Stay.

    1. Walter says:

      The tax in Hennepin County for the Twins stadium is costing each person about $1,000.

      It’s going to cost you more than they say. They get the benefits…you don’t. So are you stupid or what?

  3. GO Go Viks says:

    Get rid of the Vikings. Every time you read the news another one is in trouble with the law. Send them packing because the majority does not want them. Ziggy can build his own building if we owned a business we would have to build it out of our own pocket.

    1. Swamp Fox says:

      Thanks for giving us the “full-of-beans” trolls’ viewpoint. Think about the costs if the Vikes leave. Also, you should take a Developmental Business Economics 408 course on how big business spends money to make money. In the case, the owner of the venue is the state of Minnesota! Think about it!!!!

  4. Walter says:

    When you take money out of sectors of the economy and give it to Zygi for his billion dollar stadium, those sectors become depressed, those tax revenues are lost, those jobs are lost.

    This is a net LOSS for the economy.

    Only a politician will tell you something is good for you while he takes your money.

    Only a fool believes him.

    1. Swamp Fox says:

      Zygi is NOT getting a free ride. In the end, Zygi will be paying the MN & the US treasuries a lot of taxes. Think about that!

      1. Corporate welfare is a free ride says:

        @ Swampy

        Clear the cat tails from your ears. How long will it take Ziggy to pay in $650 million in taxes to the state? At that point we’re at break even, not a penny made yet.

        Ziggy can’t afford the business he’s in, so he’s looking for corporate welfare. I can understand giving some tax breaks for him to build. But to pay for the stadium? No way.

      2. same ol' same ol' same ol' says:

        New posting name but same old drivel, same old bullying, same old everything. Speak your piece and move on, numb nuts.

        By the way, NO public money for a stadium!

  5. NO STADIUM!!!!!! GO TO L.A. says:


    1. Swamp Fox says:

      The MetroDome belongs to the people and I would protest giving it to Ziggy for a $1 deal. That’s ludicrous. Money can still be used as a multipurpose peoples’ facility and still make money us the people who subsidized it.

      Keep the politics and inane B.S— out of the equation. There is money to be made by all in Arden Hills including the people. Think about!

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