In the world of Vikings stadium negotiations, Shakopee mayor Brad Tabke is launching a hail-mary pass for his city. Tabke unveiled a new $920 million proposal for the team's new stadium, to compete with four other plans in Minneapolis and Arden Hills.
Tabke's proposal would place the stadium on land just off Hwy. 169 currently held by a vacant building built for a now-bankrupt telecommunications company. The mayor - who just started his position last week - believes the Shakopee plan offers the best overall deal.
"We think this stadium is one of the easiest solutions," Tabke said.
Funding issues have long dogged Vikings stadium negotiations, with legislators unwilling to use public tax revenue for development costs. Shakopee's plan would reportedly utilize fan-specific fees on merchandise, tickets, lottery scratch games, and special Vikings license plates, as well as racino funds from new slot machines at nearby Canterbury Park.
GOP state Sens. Robling, Bears, Buesgans, Hackbarth -- all supporters of using racino funds toward a stadium -- came out in support of the Shakopee plan. At the same time, the Indian Gaming Association immediately opposed any racino funds for stadium funding.
"We feel we have the perfect location," said Tabke. "We are coming in late to the game, [but] there's plenty of time to get done what needs to get done."