In case you were wondering what’s next for the Vikings stadium, it was right there for everybody to see, written on the whiteboard in mayor R.T. Rybak’s office Friday afternoon:
For those of you who don’t follow the nitty gritty of city and stadium development, the top item is Rybak’s two appointments to the five member Minnesota Sports Facility Authority. Gov. Mark Dayton will be appointing two others, as well as a chairperson.
The city is also appointing a “stadium implementation committee,” as laid out in the now-ratified stadium law. It isn’t clear how many folks will be on that committee, but the appointments for both bodies need to be made within 30 days from the day after final enactment, which would be June 14.
Here’s the only insight Rybak would offer:
“I’ll have to… think about a way to really have some people who bring the urban planning, land use expertise we’re going to need to make sure this is a great place on game day, but also a great place on every other day. I’ll be looking for folks who represent the nearby communities, people who have some development and design expertise. And as I say, I don’t think there’s a limit to the number of folks. It sounds like we need a Metrodome full of people, but there’ll have to be some limit.”
Of course, the Vikings new home is just one of the sports facilities Minneapolis will be working on. Target Center is also in line for an upgrade. Here’s Rybak’s to-do list from the other end of downtown:
And that’s how to spend more than $2 billion in 16 easy steps.