Shakopee joins Viking stadium sweepstakes

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Jan 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) - There's a late entry into the push for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

The City of Shakopee wants to be considered as stadium host. Mayor Brad Tabke says a 130-acre site between Highways 101 and 169 has existing infrastructure, no need for any environmental cleanup and is easily accessible.

Shakopee's offer comes a day before a Thursday deadline set by Gov. Mark Dayton for Minneapolis and Ramsey County to finalize stadium pitches.

The Vikings continue to prefer the Ramsey County option, on the site of a former Army ammunition plant in Arden Hills.

Team spokesman Jeff Anderson says the Vikings appreciates Shakopee's efforts but that it's probably too late to seriously consider the proposal if the stadium issue is to be resolved in the upcoming legislative session.

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