Ted Mondale chosen to oversee Minnesota Vikings stadium

Ted Mondale was appointed executive director of the group developing the Minnesota Vikings new stadium on Friday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

The new Minnesota Sports Facility Authority held its first meeting at the Metrodome, where the new $975 million facility will be built. The group will work with the Vikings on construction of the stadium, which is scheduled to open in time for the 2016 NFL season.

"I think we have a realistic time frame," said Mondale, son of former U.S. Vice President and Minnesota Sen. Walter Mondale. "We're not behind the eight-ball. We've got a good head start."

Mondale starts Monday and will be paid $157,181 annually, according to the newspaper.

"I appreciate the confidence you put in me," he said. "I will not let you down."

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