The Minnesota Vikings
may have found a partner Tuesday in their bid for a new stadium, when a county board voted to explore what it would take to lure the team out of Minneapolis and into the suburbs.
The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners voted 6-1 to begin discussions with the team and state officials about building a new stadium at the site of a former Army ammunition plant in Arden Hills, about 10 miles northeast of Minneapolis. The vote makes Ramsey County the first municipality to officially express interest in hosting a new stadium as the Vikings seek to leave or replace the aging Metrodome.
Team officials say the Metrodome is outdated and no longer profitable as an NFL venue. With at least four sites under consideration, Ramsey County commissioners said the jobs and economic development that would come with a new stadium would outweigh the cost to county taxpayers, who would likely have to shoulder some of the construction costs.