Vikings-Ramsey bid called ‘non-starter’ at Capitol

A key state lawmaker says the Minnesota Vikings’ plan for a new stadium in Ramsey County is a “non-starter” because it would cost the state too much.

Team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf joined Ramsey County commissioners Tuesday to announce their partnership in pursuing a $1.1 billion Vikings stadium at a former Army ammunition site in Arden Hills. The deal asks for $300 million from the state of Minnesota but also $7 million a year for transportation improvements in the area.

Republican Sen. Julie Rosen of Fairmont says she’s not ruling out the Arden Hills site. But she says there’s no chance the state will spend more than $300 million. She says the state estimates transportation upgrades will cost more than that.