The government panel that's managing construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium made several mistakes related to finances in its first few months of operation, according to a state audit released Thursday.
Minnesota Vikings football season ticket holders will contribute $100 million toward a new stadium by purchasing seat licenses and team owners will pay the same amount from their own pockets under an agreement signed Thursday night.
The electronic betting games introduced a year ago to help pay the state's share of construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium did not end up raising any money for the project, but some charities that operate the games have benefited from their introduction.
The city of St. Paul is seeking artists to deck out the stadium and fulfill an ordinance that requires one percent of certain project costs to go for public art. In this case, the grant pool is $170,000 and there's a Monday deadline for artists to make their pitches.
Minnesota's attempt to use electronic gambling in bars as a Vikings stadium revenue source has proven to be a bust. Even Gov. Mark Dayton admits as much in a Minnesota Public Radio News report Friday analyzing how early assumptions proved so wrong.
Even before ground is broken on a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, a white-collar brigade of accountants, architects, lawyers and other consultants has locked in millions of dollars in contracts that would complicate any effort to derail the project.
Boosters of the struggling electronic pull-tab games that are supposed to help pay for construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium are holding meetings statewide trying to inspire interest and confidence in the games.
Smokers will provide the backstop to Viking stadium construction funding, the governor and legislative leaders announced Thursday night. Confirming a proposal Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans unveiled earlier in the day on behalf of the governor, the Democratic leaders said they agree on the plan.
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