Minneapolis making bid to keep Vikings stadium

Rival proposal would put stadium in St. Paul

Minneapolis leaders are angling to keep the Minnesota Vikings in their city with an offer to pay a little more than 20 % of the cost of a new stadium.

Mayor R.T. Rybak and Council President Barb Johnson will release the proposal later Monday to build on the Metrodome site where the Vikings currently play. Minneapolis has competition from neighboring Ramsey County, which is pushing a site north of St. Paul.

A source with direct knowledge of the Minneapolis proposal says the city will offer a little over 20% of construction costs with money from a mix of new and existing city sales taxes. The proposal will include money to renovate Target Center, where the NBA’s Timberwolves play.

The source declined to be identified ahead of the official announcement.