Just one week into his mayoral term, Brad Tabke says he will be submitting a plan to Gov. Mark Dayton for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium in Shakopee.
The announcement came just one day before Dayton's deadline to have all stadium proposals submitted for review.
Tabke’s proposal includes a 130-acre piece of land wedged between Highway 101 and Highway 169 with several routes in and out of Shakopee and no environmental cleanup needed. The mayor says the addition of the Vikings to ValleyFair, Canterbury Park, and the Renaissance Festival could make Shakopee the “entertainment destination of the Midwest.”
“The Vikings clearly want a site with options, and the Shakopee site provides that,” Tabke said. “There is room for a 75,000 seat stadium and 22,000 tailgaters. Land is also available next to the proposed site that has lake access, park access and more.”
The payment plan for the project would be similar to other proposals, including a contribution from the Vikings, fan user fees and racino funds -- but no new taxes.
The Vikings responded Wednesday, saying they appreciate the Shakopee stadium effort, but say "it’s time to narrow sites down to one rather than add additional locations to the list.”
The mayor tapped SavetheVikes.org founder Cory Merrifield to help create the plan, which has the support of Shakopee businesses.
“It started with a tweet,” Merrifield said. “He asked if I could assist him with pulling the plan together and of course I jumped at the chance to have the Vikings in my home town.”
Two legislators that have been working towards a solution support the Shakopee stadium site. Local
Sen. Claire Robling (R-Jordan) and Rep. Mike Beard (R-Shakopee) give the Shakopee plan the support of at least two state lawmakers.
“We’re looking for solutions,” Robling said. “This is a good solution for a site and using racino as a local funding source makes sense. People should take a serious look at this.”
Shakopee’s Case for a Vikings Stadium