Shakopee wants in as Vikings stadium option 11 Jan 12

Approximate proposed location for Vikings stadium in Shakopee

One week into his new tenure, Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke is trying to convince his constituents to watch Vikings football from within city limits. And he’s trying to convince Governor Mark Dayton, too.

Tabke will submit a plan to the governor on Wed. that he would like to be considered for a new Vikings stadium near the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 101.

The 130-acre site may present fewer issues than other proposals in Minneapolis and Arden Hills. Shakopee resident and founder of SavetheVikes.org Cory Merrifield says Shakopee’s environment and infrastructure could be ideal, with the ability to accommodate an influx of visitors on top of 6 million annual visitors to ValleyFair, Canterbury Park and the Renaissance Festival. Merrifield says the proposed site has room for a 75,000 seat stadium and has several key access points.

Mayor Tabke, and Republican Representatives Mike Beard of Shakopee and Claire Robling of Jordan will present their proposal at a press conference at the State Capitol this afternoon.