Optimistic Ramsey County starts looking for Viking stadium architects

The Legislature has made no moves to select the Arden Hills site for a Vikings stadium and there’s no agreement on where a proposed $650 million in public funding would come from, but the Ramsey County Board took the next step in its plan to lure the Vikings today.

On a 4-3 vote, the board decided to look for architects who might be interested in working on the project.

The Request for Qualifications seeks to find qualified architects who might bid on the project.

In support, Commissioner Jan Parker said (via the Strib story):

“It sends a message to the Legislature, to the competitors that Ramsey County is supportive of this process going forward, that we are a willing partner, we want to be involved in the process.”

Also voting in favor were Commissioners Tony Bennett, Jim McDonough and Rafael Ortega.

No votes came from Chair Victoria Reinhardt and Commissioners Janice Rettman and Toni Carter, who said the move was premature.

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