Vikings stadium on hold pending final review of deal
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Aug 15, 2013
According to Richard Meryhew of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority has opted to delay signing the final paperwork pending an independent review by an outside firm. Lester Bagley, the Vikings' vice president of public affairs and stadium development, wouldn't comment on the tight timetable but reiterated the team has asked the authority to proceed with stadium work during the inquiry. And it’s more than one final look at the stadium deal; it’s an examination at Vikings owner Zygi Wilf’s real-estate business, the New Jersey litigation that resulted in a finding of civil fraud, the potential impact of the lawsuit on the private contribution to the stadium effort, and “extensive background checks.” But for something that wasn’t even on the radar screen 10 days ago, it’s a potential threat to the building on which groundbreaking is due to happen in a matter of weeks.
In perusing your comments and my Twitter mentions, it seems your interest in the Minnesota Vikings' latest stadium delay is twofold: Is the 2012 stadium agreement in jeopardy, putting the team back in play to move to Los Angeles? Could the delay push ba…