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Published January 29 2011

Statistics behind push for new Vikings stadium

History: The Metrodome has hosted more than 85 million visitors since opening in 1982.

Cost: The Metrodome cost $55 million, excluding related infrastructure such as streets. A Twin Cities (later Minneapolis only) hospitality tax funded construction. The building has not received public subsidy since 1984. A new stadium’s cost could approach $1 billion.

Roof status: The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission still is testing samples of the roof to determine the scope of the necessary repairs after snow collapsed it. The plan is to restore the building.

Why rebuild: Because the commission is legally obligated to provide a place for the Vikings to play through next season and because the building hosts more than 300 community events each year above and beyond professional football.

Ted Mondale’s role as facilities commission chairman: Articulating the position of Gov. Mark Dayton, who campaigned on being supportive of efforts for a new stadium. Mondale said Dayton’s main concern is that the benefits generated by a new building exceed any support the state provides in building it.

Metrodome’s viability if the Vikings get new stadium or leave: Many say the building would quickly lose its ability to draw cash and remain open.

Source: Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission