Today Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman unveiled his “Statewide Stadium Solution,” to build a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis, move the Timberwolves to Saint Paul in a retrofit Xcel Energy Center, shut down the Target Center in Minneapolis and fund a new Saint Paul Saints ballpark in Saint Paul. Coleman’s financing plan calls for a statewide two penny-per-drink tax, a local option sales tax extension in Minneapolis, a .25% Saint Paul sales tax and State loan forgiveness for the Xcel.
The Vikings responded to the proposal this afternoon.
“We appreciate Mayor Coleman’s thoughts regarding a stadium solution, but we are entirely focused on our partnership with Ramsey County,” said Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley. “The Arden Hills plan offers the best site for the State, the team and our fans. We have done what State leaders asked us to do by bringing forward an ideal site, a workable finance plan and significant team and local contributions. Our work with State leaders on stadium legislation is on-going as part of the Special Session discussions.”