It's a project that has faced a number of obstacles over the years -- mainly blowback from a public unconvinced that a new stadium was really needed. Also, just finding the perfect place to put the damn thing was nearly impossible. Factor it all in, and a new facility has been roughly 16 years in the works.
The old Metrodome once housed the Minnesota Vikings, the Twins, the Timberwolves, and the Golden Gophers. As time went on, an era of stadium revolutions arose: the Twins got Target Field back in 2010, the Gophers got TCF Stadium in 2009, and even our minor league baseball team, the St. Paul Saints, received their own CHS Field last year. (Not to mention we have a professional soccer stadium on the way.) The point is: it seemed everybody had their own brand new home, and it was time the Vikings caught up.