The agreement to build a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium in Minneapolis features a key difference from the plan to build the project in Ramsey County and even from the Minnesota Twins' new Target Field.
Ramsey County officials said making a public stadium authority, rather than the Vikings, responsible for cost overruns was part of an attempt to lure the team back to Minneapolis. State officials "were under immense pressure to convince the Vikings to turn their attention" to Minneapolis, said Lee Mehrkens, Ramsey County's finance director.
He said that under Ramsey County's now-discarded stadium plan -- which also called for a public stadium authority -- the public's exposure on operating cost overruns would have been capped. In Minneapolis, the cap is on the Vikings' exposure.
...state officials have avoided a "long history" of mistakes public officials in other NFL cities have made...http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/04/27/vikings-stadium-financing-plan-q-and-a/