Let's take a look at all of the stadium drama since summer 2013
Created by bjohnson1 on Jan 21, 2014
Last updated: 01/21/14 at 04:15 PM
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The Minnesota Supreme Court dismisses the second Mann lawsuit, allowing the sale of the stadium bonds to proceed.
Cohen/Ostrow/Woodruff drop the remainder of their lawsuit after being ordered to put up a $10 million surety bond for potential damages if they chose to proceed.
The state decides to postpone the sale of stadium bonds until the second Mann lawsuit is decided. MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen warns that if the bonds aren’t issued by the end of the month the MSFA will be $28 million short on its outstanding construction bills.
Doug Mann files a second lawsuit, this time with the state Supreme Court. He argues that the stadium is a state project, and Minneapolis is forbidden by the state constitution to collect taxes for a state project.
Four out of the five claims in the Cohen/Ostrow/Woodruff lawsuit are thrown out.
Former City Council Presidents Paul Ostrow and Dan Cohen, along with former mayoral candidate Stephanie Woodruff file a lawsuit against the planned Ryan Cos. development next to the stadium. The development includes a park and parking ramp which will be funded by the city. However, they will help fulfill green space and parking obligations the Vikings were mandated to provide in the stadium legislation, which the plaintiffs argue violates five clauses in the City Charter.
A ceremonial groundbreaking is held at the site of the new stadium. Around-the-clock excavation and hauling at the site begins.
Doug Mann’s July lawsuit regarding the Minneapolis' obligation to hold a stadium referendum is dismissed.
An agreement is reached regarding the parcel of land slated to become a light rail stop in front of the new stadium. The MSFA will pay $17.1 million for the land; the lawsuit is dropped.
The MSFA and the Vikings sign the stadium use and development agreements, after pushing back the deadline twice.
The MSFA announces the Wilfs’ background check came back clean. Negotiations between the Vikings and the MSFA resume
Owners of a parcel of land slated to become a light rail stop in front of the new stadium sue the MSFA, saying negotiations to sell the land have been “perplexing and unproductive.”
The MSFA hires a high-powered legal team to look into the Wilfs’ background as a result of the New Jersey ruling. Stadium negotiations between the Vikings and the MSFA are suspended while the background check is performed.
A New Jersey judge rules that Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and two of his relatives demonstrated “bad faith and evil motive” in a decades-long business partnership. Later the Wilfs were ordered to pay $84.5 million in damages.
Minneapolis mayoral candidate Doug Mann files a lawsuit against City Council, alleging Minneapolis should have held a referendum regarding its contribution to the stadium financing.