A new commission will oversee the many decisions on the horizon for a new Vikings stadium. From design, construction and finances, big choices and negotiations are straight ahead.Their job will be to keep construction of a $975 million Minnesota Vikings stadium on budget. They will hammer out details of a 30-year lease binding the team to Minnesota for another generation and turn the lights on in a new arena as it hosts everything from high school sports tournaments to monster truck jams. Five appointed members will make up the new Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, holding sway over the massive public investment at the downtown Minneapolis site of the Metrodome. Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak have until mid-June to name the members, in a decision Dayton described last week as “the first and very important responsibility” in turning the stadium deal into a 65,000-seat reality. Dayton will name the chairman and two members, and Rybak appoints the other two. The posts are not likely to be high-profile. But the members have an important role in representing the public’s interest in a construction project with a $498 million taxpayer investment. “These commissioners are not employees of the Vikings —… Read full this story
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