As the dust settles from the 2010 Elections, the issue of a new publicly-owned stadium for the State of Minnesota is quickly becoming a hot topic among Vikings fans and newly-elected leaders. Recently, the Star Tribune printed an article titled Republican Leaders Warm to Vikings Stadium, in which various State leaders began to address the stadium issue.
With a lease set to expire after the 2011 season, the Vikings will have just 10 games remaining at the current facility when the 2011 Legislative Session convenes. The Vikings remain one of the few NFL franchises without a stadium solution, and - due to the challenges of the Metrodome - the team ranks at the bottom of the league in stadium revenues.
The Vikings are working with State and local officials already to develop a stadium package to bring forward early next year. It will include a specific stadium site, project costs and funding options.
Lester Bagley, Vikings Vice President of Stadium Development and Public Affairs, conducted a live chat to address several stadium-related issues. Fans can replay the chat via the application below.