Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that he is optimistic about the possibility of using the current Metrodome site as the location for a new stadium, although he thinks the Arden Hills plan still has potential.
The $1.1 billion dollar proposal to build the new stadium in Arden Hills remains the team's top choice, but the Vikings are examining other options. According to the Pioneer Press, forward progress is being made in the endeavor to find the Vikings a new home.
"We are not ready to commit to a single site," Sen. Julie Rosen said, "but it is happening, and we're moving forward, and we're going to have a bill as soon as the negotiations continue."
She said the food and beverage tax proposed by Ramsey County leaders to finance the local share of the cost for the Arden Hills project "is not going to work."
As the struggle of finding a location for the new stadium rages on, Vikings officials are also trying to figure out how and where the team could play for two or three years while their new stadium is being built.
The Vikings have a couple of options. If they were to build the new stadium next to the Dome, the Vikings could play in the Dome until it is ready. If the stadium were to be built where is the Dome currently stands, however, it is plausible that the Vikings would spend their Sundays at TCF Bank Stadium.
It is estimated that moving to the U for three years would cost $48 million. If the Vikings go this route, challenges that face the organization include the fact that TCF Bank Stadium has 14,000 less seats than the Dome as well as the university's policy that prohibits alcohol sales in the stadium.