A new Vikings stadium now

The time has come for Minnesota’s football team to get a new home.

Daily Editorial Board

With repairs on the deflated Metrodome roof paused and the VikingsâÄô lease on the broken stadium ending after next season, there is no better time to bring Teflon-free football to Minnesota.

Securing public funding for a new stadium has always been controversial, but as newly appointed Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commissioner Ted Mondale put it, “This is the year we do it.”

Finding the will to do so will require some political aptitude on MondaleâÄôs end. The stateâÄôs looming $6.2 billion deficit has many lawmakers apprehensive about picking up part of the new stadiumâÄôs estimated $800 million price tag.

However, Mondale is no rookie when it comes to working with a Republican majority: When he served as a state senator, Republicans controlled the state House.

There will be debate over who pays for what, the stadiumâÄôs location and whether it should have a roof. These issues are resolvable and none should prove insurmountable in building the Vikings a new home.

If the Metrodome is torn down and a new stadium built in its place, the Vikings can call TCF Bank Stadium home during construction, which would bring money to campus. TCF Stadium has room to add on 30,000 extra seats (at the VikingsâÄô expense) and maybe that stadium-wide alcohol ban could be lifted during professional events.

As the Twins proved with Target Field, a new stadium can be overwhelmingly positive for a professional sports team and the community around it. Not only was the TwinsâÄô fanbase energized by the new digs, but businesses and bars around the stadium praised the positive economic impact the stadium brought.

Despite their numerous disagreements, a new home for the Vikings is one thing all politicians should be able to agree on. Mondale is right: The time to get this done is now.