Zygi Wilf Optimistic About Vikings Stadium After Capitol Visit

After visiting the capitol Thursday, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said that he is "very optimistic" that a deal can be made for a new stadium and that the Legislature will approve a construction plan before it adjourns in May.
According to the Star Tribune, Wilf was optimistic as he spoke to reporters following meetings with two dozen legislators.
"We're confident that we have the parts in place to get this done this session," Wilf said, according to the Star Tribune. "We're right now in the process of working with several potential [local] partners."
The team's lease on the 30-year-old Metrodome expires at the end of the 2011 season, the Pioneer Press explained.
According to the Pioneer Face, the team faces hurdles in asking for hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies.
The Republican majority has chosen not to raise taxes and is proposing widespread cost-cutting to balance the state's budget, while Democrats are focused on trying to lessen cuts on, for example, services for the poor, by increasing taxes on the wealthy, the Pioneer Press reported.
According to the Star Tribune, Wilf did not completely answer how much the team would pay for the stadium, he only said that the Vikings were committed to a "substantial private investment."

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