Here’s another example of the costs Minnesota and Minneapolis taxpayers would be on the hook for under the terms of the current Vikings stadium bill. Assuming Wilf pays for a retractable roof, then sticks the public with maintenance costs on that $120 million contraption, we’d also have other costs to deal with, like keeping seats dry for Zygi (large PDF):
The public doesn’t get to decide whether to open the roof on a rainy day. The Vikings would. But, say it’s raining or snowing pre-game. It’s the public’s responsibility to round up staff to wipe down 65,000 seats for the Vikings’ when the Vikings decide to open the roof.
Quite a deal for Zygi. For the public? Not so much.