SHAKOPEE, Minn. - There may be a late entrant in the Vikings stadium derby.
The new mayor of Shakopee has announced that he will submit a plan to Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday afternoon to build a new football stadium in his city.
Brad Tabke has been Mayor of Shakopee for just one week, but he is dedicated to improving the community's business climate. He feels that becoming the new home of the Vikings would be a huge step in that direction.
In a press release sent out Tuesday by SavetheVikes.org, Tabke talked about making his city a "entertainment destination" of the Midwest.
"Shakopee hosts six million visitors each year at ValleyFair, Canterbury Park, the Renaissance Festival and many other attractions," says Tabke." We are excited to introduce our plan for adding the Minnesota Viking to the list of great reasons to visit Shakopee."
"The Vikings clearly want a site with options, and the Shakopee site provides that," explains Tabke. "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 proposed stadium site would be a 130-acre parcel between Highways 101 and 169 that has existing infrastructure, several routes in and out of the city, and no environmental cleanup needed.
Shakopee native and SavetheVikes.org Founder Cory Merrifield was brought on board to help with the plan, and two area legislators who have been active in seeking a Vikings stadium solution also have voiced support for the proposal.
"We're looking for solutions," said state senator Claire Robling (R-Jordan). "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." State Rep. Mike Beard (R-Shakopee) has also voiced support, according to those behind the stadium plan.
The Shakopee stadium team will hold a 4 p.m. press conference in the State Office Building on Wednesday to share details of the plan.
At this point the Vikings organization has not commented on the Shakopee plan. The team has been vocal in its preference for the 1.1 billion dollar stadium site in Arden Hills.
Among the plan's key points, according to Shakopee stadium plan organizers:
- 130-acre lot, four times size of Metrodome, three times the size of Farmers Market and Linden Ave sites
- Adjacent City owned 105-acre lot zoned for park and recreation contains lake, room for parks, trails and overnight camping.
- Nine hotels within a five mile radius
- South five miles on 169 from Winter Park, between Mankato Training Camp and Vikings HQ
- Entertainment Corridor in Shakopee with ValleyFair, Canterbury Park, Raceway Park, Murphy's landing and minutes from Mystic Lake and 3 of Minnesota's best golf courses
- Existing infrastructure (Electrical, Water, Sewer, Communications)
- No environmental cleanup needed
- Room for fan plaza, tailgating, trailgating and railgating
- Total cost $920 Million - Second largest site, cheapest to build
- Financed with user based fan fees and Racino
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