- According to Convention, Sports & Leisure (CSL), building a new stadium will support 13,000 jobs, including 7,500 full and part-time construction jobs with nearly $300 million in wages.
- The construction industry is currently experiencing nearly 20% unemployment in Minnesota.
- Over 90% of the materials and labor value is expected to go back to Minnesotans.
- Upon completion, a new stadium and the Vikings will employ approximately 3,200 full and part-time jobs. Vikings game days currently employ 2,800 people.
Economic Impact/Return on Investment
- The Vikings pay $20 million annually in State and local taxes. In 2001, the team paid $11 million per year.
- Visiting teams pay approximately $1 million per year in taxes to the State of Minnesota.
- A report by Convention, Sports & Leisure said a new stadium and the retention of the Vikings will generate $26 million annually in tax revenue upon stadium opening. Tax revenue will grow significantly during the life of the facility.
- In 2011, over 40% of Vikings Season Ticket Owners live outside the 7-county metro area and 27% of STOs live outside the State of Minnesota.
- A study by the University of Minnesota on the Vikings-Cowboys playoff game in January 2010 found that non-metro game attendees spend nearly $6 million in restaurants, hotels, retail stores and on transportation in the Twin Cities per Vikings game.
- The Metrodome was built for $55 million, including $33 million in public dollars. The State of Minnesota contributed none of this money but has received over $320 million in tax revenue since the facility opened.
Quality of Life
- One out of every two Minnesotans, or approximately 3 million people, follow the Vikings each Sunday either on TV, radio or in person at the stadium.
- Over the past three years, the Vikings have averaged a 65 TV share, meaning 65% of TVs that are turned on during Vikings football are tuned into the game.
- A new stadium will be publicly owned, operated by a third party and available for national and community events throughout the year. The Vikings will pay $13 million in annual operating expenses / capital improvement funding.
- Over the last several years, the Vikings have donated over $500,000 annually to charitable organizations, as well as thousands of autographed items. In 2010, the team donated over 3,000 items in the five-state area.
- In the summer of 2011, the Vikings helped serve 1,000,000 meals to underserved children in the Twin Cities.
- For the last five years, every player on the 53-man roster and the eight practice squad players participated in the Vikings community outreach program.
- The original funding source of the Metrodome was a 2%, 7-county liquor tax that converted to a 3%, Minneapolis-only liquor and lodging tax when the site was selected.
- The Metrodome is the 2nd-oldest facility in the NFL.
- The Metrodome has the smallest site footprint in the NFL at 900,000 square feet, compared to the NFL average of 1.6 million square feet.
- The Vikings rank at the bottom of the NFL in revenues because of the Metrodome.
- Because of the revenue-challenged Metrodome, the Vikings receive annual subsidies of approximately $15 million from other NFL teams in order to compete, including smaller markets like Green Bay and Kansas City.
- The Vikings NFC North opponents – Chicago, Detroit and Green Bay – all generate approximately $30 million more annually than the Vikings because of their stadiums
- With the Downtown East plan, the Vikings / private contributing will be $427 million, the third-largest private contribution in NFL stadium history.
- When combining up-front captial contribution with annual operating expenses / capital improvement funding, the private contribution will cover more than 50% of the project life cycle costs.
- The Vikings will pay $13 million in annual operating expenses / capital improvement funding for the publicly owned facility used over 350 days a year for non-football events.
- A new stadium will not take money from the State’s General Fund or require new taxes.
- The average public-private partnership with new facilities around the country is 1/3 private and 2/3 public.
- 29 of 32 NFL cities have built new stadiums or significantly renovated their existing facilities since 1992.
- Every recent NFL stadium project has included some public funding for surrounding infrastructure or the stadium itself.
- The Twins ballpark legislation required the team to pay 30% of the total construction costs while Hennepin County covered the remaining 70%. The Vikings have agreed to cover nearly 40% of the stadium costs in Arden Hills.
- Target Center, the Xcel Energy Center, Mall of America and the Guthrie Theater all included some public funding.
- State lottery proceeds were used in Baltimore and Seattle to help pay for new football and baseball stadiums.
- The cost of a new facility has nearly tripled since 2001. Mortenson Construction estimates an additional year of delay could add up to $50 million to the total costs.
- A fixed roof adds approximately $190 million to the total stadium costs.
- Teams like the Cowboys and Giants can raise more private capital for a new stadium because they have a market large enough to change personal seat licenses, something this market is unlikely to accept at a high level.