Shakopee, Minnesota officials entered a late bid to host the Minnesota Vikings’ desired new stadium, reported ESPN.
One day before applications are due, Shakopee is entering the competition with a $920 million Vikings stadium proposal. Funding relies on a $45 million down payment, plus $29 million a year in tax proceeds from proposed slot machines at Canterbury Park, Minnesota’s horse racing, poker and casino games destination.
Shakopee’s new mayor said he wants the Vikings’ new home in his city, financed in part with racino money. “We think that this stadium is one of the easiest solutions. We know that there are a lot of problems with other locations,” Mayor Brad Tabke said at a news conference at the State Office Building in the Capitol complex. “It feels right, and a lot of different moving parts came together at the right time in order to get to this point and to make this happen.”
ESPN reports that racino-funded proposals have previously been met with opposition from gambling critics and gaming Indian tribes.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community operates the successful Mystic Lake Casino in sister city Prior Lake. A spokesman for the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, a coalition representing 10 of the state’s 11 tribes, stressed Wednesday that the group “maintains its opposition to any and all off-reservation expansion of gambling,” reported TwinCities.com.
But Shakopee’s late submission will probably hinder its chances, reported TwinCities.com.
“It would be very difficult for this to go anywhere at this stage in the game,” said Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, who is leading efforts in the House to draft a stadium bill.