Wilfs pledge $19.5M more to Vikings' stadium

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Wilf family is pledging another $19.5 million toward the Minnesota Vikings' stadium project to cover more of the costs in several aspects of building and surrounding areas.

The Vikings made the announcement on Thursday night before the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority holds a meeting on Friday. They say the extra money will go to enhancements in the plaza, food service equipment, entertainment areas in the stadium, upgrades to retractable seating and a deck that will overlook downtown Minneapolis.

The additional money brings the Vikings contribution to nearly $551 million of the $1.061 billion project. That's about 52 percent. The public share remains at $498 million.

Vikings owner Mark Wilf says their ''focus remains on providing a first-class experience to all of our fans.''

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