What does the City of Eden Prairie think about the the Arden Hills Vikings stadium proposal? Specifically, what does it think about the last line of this paragraph in the Arden Hills Notes:
The stadium would be surrounded by other amenities. With approximately 21,000 parking spaces, there would be opportunities for tailgating. The County would purchase all available 430 acres and would sell the portion not used for the stadium development to the Vikings. On the approximately 170 acres not used for the stadium development site (which is subject to City zoning and approval), the team proposes commercial attractions, such as restaurants, retail, a hotel, and a movie theater. The Vikings corporate headquarters and training facilities also might be moved to the site.
Is Eden Prairie interested in publicly subsidizing the loss of one of their highest profile businesses to Arden Hills?
The About page of the Eden Prairie website includes this sentence:
Eden Prairie is home to more than 2,200 businesses, including Super Valu, ADC and the Minnesota Vikings.
Will Vikings employees, including players, continue to choose Eden Prairie as a place to buy a home, shop, and dine? Or, will North Oaks and Dellwood be more attractive options than driving around the entire Twin Cities metro to get to/from work?
It sure looks to me like the official Minnesota Vikings’ plan for Arden Hills includes an indoor training facility and three outdoor fields, which would be one more than they currently have at Winter Park in Eden Prairie:
Put that together with the fact that Winter Park being even older than the Metrodome (1981 vs 1982), be prepared to hear arguments from the Vikings that Winter Park isn’t the type of modern facility that an NFL team needs in order to stay competitive. It’s a polite way of saying “it’s been great, Eden Prairie, but we’ve found $600,000,000 in public welfare that makes it easy to say goodbye. Thanks for your financial support of our move away from your town.”