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Associated Press, Published September 15 2012

Vikings stadium architect to be picked by Oct. 5

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Minnesota Vikings hope to pick an architect for the team's new stadium within the next three weeks.

Five architectural firms are vying to win the contract. But Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen says it's too soon to pick from among them.

Kelm-Helgen tells Minnesota Public Radio News that all five of the firms are "really qualified." She says "it's a very difficult decision."

The Vikings and the authority hope to reach consensus on an architect by the next authority meeting on Oct. 5. Both Vikings management and the authority have to agree on the choice.

The job is expected to earn the designer's firm as much as $50 million. Groundbreaking on the $975 million downtown Minneapolis stadium is expected next year.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.