Vikings Stadium Backers Meet, But No Breakthrough

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton, the Minnesota Vikings owners and other key players in the push to build a new football stadium in Ramsey County met behind closed doors for 90 minutes but didn’t resolve differences that have stalled progress.

“This is the one that’s come together. This is the one the Vikings believe is the best prospect for a successful franchise and a successful team and that’s obviously what we all want,” Dayton said. “So we’re going to do everything possible to make this project come together.”

Dayton, Zygi and Mark Wilf, several state lawmakers and Ramsey County commissioners emerged from the Tuesday afternoon meeting saying there’s no agreement on how to cover up to $131 million in unallocated road costs tied to building the $1 billion stadium in Arden Hills.

Dayton says he wants agreement by Friday so legislators can draw up a bill the public can review. But Dayton and lawmakers also agree the bill can’t start moving at the Capitol until a state budget deal is reached to avoid a government shutdown.

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  1. Cache says:

    “Dayton, Zygi and Mark Wilf, several state lawmakers and Ramsey County commissioners emerged from the Tuesday afternoon meeting saying there’s no agreement on how to cover up to $131 million in unallocated road costs tied to building the $1 billion stadium in Arden Hills.”

    The answer is simple…the viqueens pay for it all…period…Done Deal!

  2. Bryan says:

    This will get done. Go Vikes

    1. see ya says:

      This won’t get done. Good bye Vikes

    2. Kyle Weaver says:

      hope so

  3. jan says:

    You and I both know who will end up paying and it’s not them and there’s not a thing we can do about it. Humbug

  4. Jason says:

    Dayton budget first. No stadium talks until budget is done. DO YOUR JOB!

    1. Swordsman says:

      Dayton and lawmakers also agree the bill can’t start moving at the Capitol until a state budget deal is reached to avoid a government shutdown.

      Don’t worry Jason, I will read the story for you. READ WHATS THERE!

  5. NO PUBLIC MONEY for the Vikings! says:

    Dayton, Zygi, and their pals are all talking like it’s a given that they’re going to stick MN taxpayers with the bill for a Vikings stadium.

    Speak up taxpayers! Say “NO” to Zygi’s never ending cries for public money to make him wealthier!

    1. MTK says:

      Say “YES” to the stadium Minnesota! The kickbacks from the Vikings and a new stadium is vital for Minnesota businesses and the economy. The pros certainly outweigh the cons. Lawmakers, get the stadium built!

  6. Todd Gabrielson says:

    I got an idea/ We support Ziggy’s quest for a new stadium and Ziggy goes to bat and advocates a 2 % tax increase on the wealthiest Minnesotan’s Budget gets passed, stadium gets built. Done deal!!

  7. NO says:

    No Vikings stadium!!! Good Buy Vikings!!! We taxpayers DO NOT WANT TO PAY FOR A VIKINGS STADIUM!!!!! Vikings Sucks!!!!

    1. Kyle Weaver says:

      ya you”ll really need that 0.5 percent of the proposed sales tax increase

  8. Idiots says:

    I fully understand that usually the comments that are AGAINST the bill are not Viking fans or sport fans. I actually will go out and say none have ever played sports and if so then they sucked. Quit getting all tangled up in the politics circus and realize how good this is for the people and state. “SPEAK UP TAXPAYERS!” “WE TAXPAYERS!” “VIKINGS SUCK!” “SAY ‘NO’ TO ZYGI” ………………….. All you people make me sick and have obviously not looked into details about the Viking franchise as a whole and neither what the entire stadium bill entails, along with its logistics. Idiots

  9. jeff says:

    We did it for the Twins and the Gophers, we have to do it for the Vikings. Just get it done!!

  10. Bryan says:

    No, what is your opinoin on the stadium? Your comments are so vague. Do you want this to get done like me? Hmmmmmmm, if I had just some sort of clarity.

  11. Adam says:

    Ya lets just let all that tax base just walk away. Great idea….IT WOULD BE AN INVESTMENT TO PUT PUBLIC MONEY INTO A STADIUM. When will you folks realize that???

    1. Eve is smarter says:

      We will realize that when you realize if a stadium is a good investment, Herr Zygi would already own a dozen of them and wouldn’t be constantly begging for average Jane and Joe to pay for his playground.

      Where would you rather see you tax dollars go … to put a nice road in front of your house, to protect your family, and to help educate your brain surgeon – or – to add to Zygi’s piggy bank?

      Go have a beer and think about that.

  12. Ellerfson says:

    They should just go 50/50 on the roads. The roads would have to get redone somewhat anyway, even if there were no stadium. So just split the costs. This is the final hurdle left to getting a stadium deal done. Just di it.

  13. GOP says:

    States with out Sports Teams Are doing Great with there Bugets! Teams with Sports Teams Have Buget Trubles!!!

  14. red says:

    Sent the VIkes Packing!

    1. red says:

      I meant SEND THEM PACKING!!

      1. PLATOON says:

        KEEP THE VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA, RED!!!!! By the way you wouldn’t happen to be SGT. O’Neil would you?

  15. Time for the Ziggy to move on ... and out says:

    We need a governor who isn’t on drugs. Ziggy is taking advantage of our drug crazed governor just like he’s trying to take advantage of MN taxpayers.

  16. The "Eyes" have it! says:

    Whoa! Look at those crazy eyes! As in “the eyes have it.” And what’s with the “Governor Side Step?” Is that the “DD?” – (Dayton Dance)

  17. John LeVasseur says:

    Has anyone noticed that the Vikings and the LA Lakers have the same colors for their uniforms? Hmmmm, they took one, they could take another.

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