And Minnesota Vikings stadium supporters are officially freaking out about the state wanting to investigate team owner Zygi Wilf’s little racketeeting problem before giving final approval to his stadium plan:
“I’m really concerned right now that 2½ years ahead of the opening, we’re already looking at potentially a one-month delay,” said Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the public board overseeing development of the $975 million stadium on the site of the Metrodome.
Actually, Kelm-Helgen’s impatience is directed more at Wilf himself, who is apparently dragging his feet on providing his financial information to a state auditor. (Kelm-Helgen says that Vikings attorneys finally promised over the weekend to provide it, but it still hasn’t arrived.) And Vikings execs are refusing to continue with final lease negotiations with the state until the audit is complete.
So, big game of chicken. It’s still pretty likely this will all get approved in the end, and a one-month delay isn’t really horrific in the grand scheme of things — the Vikings have proposed an opening date of July 2016, so pushing it back to August would at worst mean maybe having to hold an extra exhibition game or two at the University of Minnesota’s stadium. But it could still get interesting if it turns out that Wilf likes to punch dogs or something.