According to the following article, this is the fifth time that the Minnesota Vikings have tried to shove a new $1 billion stadium down the throats of Minnesota taxpayers.
Minnesota Vikings Stadium Plan: Saddle Taxpayers With $1 Billion Field
Huffington Post, 7 February 2012
A fifth plan for a $1 billion stadium in downtown Minneapolis emerged Monday, with taxpayers shouldering a large chunk to aid a privately owned NFL team that hasn't had a winning season in two years and has never won a Super Bowl. The state would be responsible for at least $340 million and Minneapolis for more than $300 million, according to estimates in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The Vikings haven't pledged a dime. They promised $425 million for an earlier proposal in the suburb of Arden Hills. That was several plans ago.
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