Football fans, elected leaders and Vikings big shots assembled under a heated tent on Tuesday to celebrate the symbolic groundbreaking for a new Vikings stadium and the demolition of the old Metrodome.
Despite the festive celebration, the groundbreaking was carried out with an air of urgency: The $1 billion stadium, facing a host of political and financial problems, is still under the gun.
Final agreements between the state, Minneapolis, and the Vikings also had to be signed before the groundbreaking. But those agreements were delayed after the state’s partner in the deal, Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf, were convicted in a civil fraud and racketeering case in New Jersey and ordered to pay $84.5 million in restitution. That triggered a state investigation and background check of the Wilfs and another delay, this one of more than a month. Distributed by OneLoad.com