Vikings dilemma: How much is too much for stadium 09 May 12

BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — For more than a decade the Minnesota Vikings have been pushing to break out of the Metrodome and into a shiny new home.

Finally on the brink of getting a new $975 million stadium, the team faces a harsh reality. They’ll need to ante up more or walk away empty-handed.

Team executives insist that the private contribution be capped at $427 million. But Minnesota lawmakers are now on record demanding that the Vikings and private partners foot a bigger share of construction costs. The extra request ranges from $25 million to $105 million in differing House and Senate versions.

Negotiators will likely wind up somewhere in between. Then it’s up to the Vikings to decide if they’re willing to pay more.

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