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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Minnesota Vikings Could Move to Former Ammo Plant

  • November 17, 2011
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A 430-acre site at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant could become the new home of the Minnesota Vikings professional football team, following the conclusion of negotiations between the team, Ramsey County and the General Services Administration.

On Tuesday, the county approved an offer to purchase the site, located north of St. Paul in Arden Hills, for a Vikings stadium for about $28.5 million. The deal is contingent on the state providing the funding. Cleanup costs would be deducted from the sale price under the deal, reported Pioneer Press. The county believes the cost to acquire the site, demolish the existing structures, investigate and remediate site contamination, and relocate some of the water treatment works will fall within the sales price.

The Vikings, which plan to build a $1.1 billion stadium at the site, have asked the state to subsidize the project. The team plans to develop about 170 acres of the parcel for commercial uses. Local officials have struggled for years to find a new use for the property.

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