Despite Vikings’ opposition, sports commission approves controversial lease plan

Despite strong opposition from Vikings ownership, the full Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission today approved a resolution seeking a two-year lease agreement for the team at the Metrodome.

But that extension comes at a cost; under the language of the action, the Vikings would be liable for up to $4 million a year in rent that for the past nine years has been forgiven by the commission, the team’s landlord.

Owners Zygi and Mark Wilf lashed out at commission member Paul Thatcher last night in a letter. (PDF)

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Tony Spadafora on 11/19/2009 - 12:44 pm.

    The stadium commission’s resolution to extend the Vikings lease by 2 years is predicated on a belief there’s no chance a Vikings stadium bill can be passed before the 2010 general election.

    I happen to think a stadium deal that’s good for the Vikings and good for MN is possible during the next legislative session. Therefore, I think the commission’s resolution is 6 months premature.

  2. Submitted by Dean Carlson on 11/19/2009 - 02:55 pm.

    I love how the Vikings are going to “suspend any further engagement with the MSFC.” That’ll show em!

    Psst, hey Vikings. The MSFC is still your landlord, even without your “further engagement.” Suspend away Vikes, doesn’t mean anything. I am sure you’ll further engage when it suits your purposes.

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