By Pat Kessler

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Gov. Mark Dayton is ready to call a special session before Thanksgiving to vote on a Vikings stadium. But not all lawmakers are convinced a deal can be done.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he has a plan to move forward with a new stadium on Monday afternoon.

He met with Republicans who lead the House and Senate. Dayton is calling for a Vikings stadium bill within a month and a special session beginning Nov. 21. The governor warns that it’s unrealistic to think the Vikings won’t leave if they don’t get a stadium.

“If you’ve been around and a sports fan as long as I have, you know it didn’t use to be the Indianapolis Colts, it was the Baltimore Colts. It used to be the Los Angeles Rams not the St. Louis Rams, it used to be the St. Louis Cardinals, not the Arizona Cardinals ,” said Dayton. “Teams move if they don’t have the wherewithal at their present site to support their operation.”

Dayton said the Vikings and the NFL have a right to know whether Minnesota will support a new stadium for the team. And if not, the Vikings have the ability to make a decision, including moving out of Minnesota.

The governor realizes that it may not be a winning season so far, but he said this is a decision that will affect the state for years to come. He said this is a critical week in determining how the county, state and team will move forward.

“It couldn’t be a worse season to be trying to build public support for a stadium, but we’re talking about the next 50 years, not the next 10 games. I want to weigh the options with legislative leaders, and reach an agreement on how to proceed if not what the outcome is going to be,” he said.

One big problem with the governor’s special session plan: There’s no agreement on the need for a stadium, no agreement on how to pay for one and no agreement on how many votes there are to pass it.

“I would like the Vikings to have a stadium. I think there are great devils in the details of who’s paying for it. And I haven’t come to an agreement on that,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.

“We’re in tough economic times. The state of Minnesota writing out a check for $300 million, I don’t think you’ve heard anybody say it’s a good idea. I think Amy and I have been very consistent all along if there’s a creative solution tied to the game,” said Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers.

The Vikings say they are “appreciative and grateful” to the governor for putting the meeting together, and also legislative leaders for what the Vikings hope is their “serious consideration.”

Dayton also said he called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to tell him about the planned special session. Goodell has already reminded the governor there’s a new stadium on the way in Los Angeles.

Comments (142)
  1. Sid says:

    When will the people and media figure out that it’s now about the present team, it’s about the future. ALL NFL teams go through peaks and valleys. We peaked a few years ago as we also did in the late 90s and now going through another valley. Settle down and do not use the current team as an excuse.

    1. Ferris Lind says:

      ya .. ‘peaked’ with Veteran QB’S and when they left the Vikings Dropped off the MAP .. When was the last time The Vikes drafted or brought someone young and developed into a *Solid REAL VIKES QB????? Keep your fingers crossed with PONDER ..

      1. jackactionhero says:

        The Vikings’ quarterback drafting history is not relevant to the stadium debate, sir.

        1. Pat says:

          Clearly the governor is putting the state’s House and the Senate on record for their vote on this issue. Kurt Zellers and Amy Koch are in a tough spot … vote for a stadium (raise taxes and bailing out corporations) and if they don’t vote for the stadium (being held responsible for the Vikings leaving). That’s what we voted you in for to make decisions and I hope you take it seriously. Come on, the Vikings are important to this community … like Ziggy says “Let’s get this done!

    2. Crz says:

      I would be just as happy if IN THE FUTURE we don’t have a football team.

      1. jackactionhero says:

        You are one human being in a state of over 4 million. Soooo…. Big deal.

        1. A Voter says:

          All the more reason to bring the stadium issue to a Vote to see what the public wants, and who is really behind it.
          Our Governor seams to be behind the powers that be, rather than the people.
          Bring it to a vote Dayton.

          1. jackactionhero says:


            If you want a voice on every single decision that is made in MN politics, you need to get yourself elected to a position that gets a vote. You see, that’s the cornerstone of a representative democracy.

            You get no vote, nor should you get one.

            1. oryan says:

              true, people forget we live in a republic and not mob rules. 51% do not get to make the rules.

              1. The Crux of the Buscuit says:

                Correct. It is the top 1% that gets to make all the rules.

            2. farfel says:

              Wrong, law already exists requiring referendum on sales tax increases. Don’t liek it, change the law. Until then we get to vote.

              1. Drew says:

                Subject to the legislature’s reserved right to grant an exemption, that is.

            3. According to you, voting is an injustice says:

              You’re an extremist bully trying to push your agenda through at every opportunity. If you can’t live with a vote, allowing a decision by the majority, then your “position” means nothing to anybody.

              1. jackactionhero says:

                “If you can’t live with a vote, allowing a decision by the majority, then your “position” means nothing to anybody”

                Wrong. It means something to me, and to the people who share my opinion. Regardless, even if 50.1% of the people disagree with me, that does not mean the 50.1% should always get their way, at the expense of the 49.9% that held a different opinion.

          2. Norbert says:

            Like the marriage amendment?

        2. Gardoglee says:

          He’s not alone. Perhaps this is one issue that should be put to a referendum. Let’s see how many of the four million want to give a billion dollar handout to Ziggy.

          BTW, you are also only one person. Think about it.

      2. jan says:

        I’d be even happier if we didn’t have a football team so there’s two of us

        1. Jim says:

          I will be happy without it too… so that will make 3 of us

          1. JMJ says:

            Now ther are 4.

            @Jackactionhero….. You should read the state constitution. because state taxes should not be funding this kind of stuff. You and your kind seem to forget that football is a private business. They can get off their butts and find investors if they want a new stadium

                1. Viking fans are nut cases says:

                  7 and counting

            1. jackactionhero says:

              So you think MN should abandon being involved in the NFL permanently? Is that your position?

              1. Guy says:

                AMAZING – He finally GETS IT – YES!!!

              2. Ziggy Adieu says:

                @ jack

                Absolutely “Yes” – as long as they are nothing more than extortionists and trying to force the public to hand over corporate welfare. Ziggy can’t afford his own stadium? Guess he just doesn’t have the kutzpa to own a team in the NFL.

                If it is to be a public stadium – then sell public bonds to fund it. Oh, but wait – that would mean he wouldn’t be the sole owner and be able to keep all of the profit it generates. Our money – his profit??? Sounds like Mob Rule.

                Good luck in L.A. !!!

            2. TL says:

              oohhh…but they have found investors….theyre called taxpayers. See? they did their due diligence and got off their butts

              and keep counting them votes….but you should know, this isnt a ballot and it isnt up for public voting.

              Like it or not, this will be built!

      3. djp says:

        I agree! I keep wondering what is wrong with the current stadium?? COME ON…in this economy you really want a NEW stadium??? Then pay for it by yourselves!!
        No whining that the Twins got one, so we should toooooo…
        Soooo…if you leave for another state…make sure you gdon’t get kicked in the ass out of THIS state…LOL,

        1. jackactionhero says:

          How many times does this need to be explained before people get it? The Metrodome is over 30 years old. It is the only stadium of its age and condition in professional sports. It cannot be upgraded to change that.

          1. Vikes CUL8R says:

            There’s a bright shiny new one in LA. Go for it. We’re closing schools but building a stadium? I think not. GOP – you promised us “Not a penny more.” No deliver and send this beggars packing.

  2. No help from tax payers says:

    Everyone is hurting in this ecomony. No new taxes to support billionaire owners and over paid players.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Oh really? What are you basing that claim on? Please be specific.

      Everyone, eh? You should speak for yourself and not for others. Makes you sound silly, as we’ve just witnessed.

      1. Jay says:

        I’d rather help with this new stadium than to help those that refuse to get a job, but instead protest that they want more handouts. So please, don’t speak for me either

        1. 99 says:

          No welfare for zippy.

        2. Pay in LA says:

          If your stupid enough to pay for billionaire’s little play ground go ahead. Not everyone watches football and see no reason to have to pay tax to support it.

          1. Eric says:

            Not everyone uses the state parks or zoo’s either so by that logic tax’s should not go to support them either.

      2. A Voter says:

        Exactly, We don’t need a new stadium to please the, “minority” sports fans.

      1. Amy R says:

        Amen to: Everyone is hurting in this ecomony. No new taxes to support billionaire owners and over paid players.

        AND a special session for such a low priority non-issue? Who’s pocket is Dayton in…oh yea, special interests pocket. Major league FAIL

        1. jackactionhero says:

          So is it your opinion that Minnesota should no longer participate in the NFL or be involved in professional football in any way?

          You think that would just disappear and everybody would be fine with it, because you are? LOL

          MILLIONS in lost money for bars, restaurants, liquor stores, hotels, grocery stores, party supply stores.

          But hey, you don’t like sports, so F em all, right? LOL

  3. G Dog says:

    The business of American government is not to protect the rights of people and ensure equal opportunity for all. It is to serve the needs of banks, multinational corporations, Wall Street brokers and their ilk.

    The stadium will be built whether yo like it or not. In the big picture of American politics and business interests, you’re just not that important.

    1. mt says:

      You speak the truth.

  4. Ralph says:

    I am not saying this is right or wrong but the longer the wait it is before the stadium deal gets signed the more it will cost. Yes the taxpayers are going to get billed for this, resistance is futile. We can all complain but it will be be built. Sorry for being realistic.

  5. Jeff says:

    @jack ass or whatever your handle is……why don’t you take all your pennies and run down to the capitol and give them to your foolish Gov for a stadium. Get it through your thick head, the Vikings will , and deserve to be, sent elsewhere. Now get out your hanky and deal with it. The last thing we need are these overpaid losers and their billionaire moron owners sucking more out of us. Like it or not, we don’t need them here even considering all of your nebulous points stating we do. Good riddance to the jerks, why don’t you go with them?

    1. Bubba says:

      poor Jeff, were you always picked last in PE? Or were you the main target at dodgeball? Go get a shrink and get over your childhood issues

      1. wallace says:

        the metrtodome has not only paid for itself, it has direcly pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into minneapolis and minnesota. This idea that we are subsidizing a billionairs stadium and not seeing any benefit is rediculous. We are paying half… we will recover our money and make money in the future. So will the Wilfs. We both will benefit… we both should pay half.

      2. Jeff says:

        No, not at all, just tired of you mullet sporting sports nuts who think life is “games” there are more important things to concern yourself with as opposed to who snapped who with a towel in the locker room. The question becomes, are YOU smart enough to actually put some real thought into this whole issue and come to a conclusion this is what the State ( not just a bunch of beer chugging Neanderthals) needs? I doubt it, maybe you could read a book or two on your Sunday afternoons.

        1. Donnie S says:

          Hey Jeff go back to your moms basement and get back into your auto-erotic and do us all a favor and check out for good, waste of time moron.

        2. jackactionhero says:

          I have a degree in economics, Jeff, and it’s painfully obvious that you do not, as you seem completely incapable of grasping the economics of the situation.

          Beer Chugging Neanderthal Sports Fan with an Economics degree

          1. Frankie says:

            Obviously you haven’t used your economic degree because there are no studies that show that public money for a stadium does not come back to the state. SO there is income tax money that comes in. The players and owners live out of state so therefore spend their money out of tow. Best ratings are about 35% of all televisions. Not hardly a majority of the people.

          2. Go chug your beer in LA says:

            I don’t care what your degree is in. Your an idiot

            1. jackactionhero says:

              You can’t even correctly use the word “your” but I’m the idiot. Hilarious.

        3. jan says:

          Jeff, you are so right. You should run for governor or president. I’d vote for you

          1. jackactionhero says:

            Jan, you have no understanding of economics, and instead are simply blinded by your hatred for sports, even though it’s one of the biggest money making industries in the country, for the cities and states that have teams. Idiot.

            1. ajh says:

              Jack, While I support Jeff’s position, I’d be interested in having you provide some links to support your claims.

              1. jackactionhero says:

                Links are not what support claims. I posted a long comment as a response, but it never appeared here and was too GD long to try to retype, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

        4. Whining Vikqueens fans says:

          Right on Jeff. If the little whining Viking fans want a stadium, put a collection jar outside the MET

  6. travis says:

    think of all the rediculous things we pay for via taxes… and never see any benefit from. Sure this new stadium costs something. But it will belong to the state of MN… not the Wilfs. It will generate money. We give away money to billionairs and welfare cheats and never see anything of it. I’ll gladly give 10 dollars (probably the most it will cost anyone) to have a new stadium built.

    1. Darren says:

      Like the Twins Stadium Tax, it costs me a little over $400.00 a year extra to live in Hennepin County. Who can’t afford that? I mean $400.00 would be enough to buy me food for 4 months. I mean its ok that I pay the extra money for millionaires and billionaires isn’t it? Even if I have to cut back to 1 meal a day. I meean I am all for professional sports and owners. They deserve every millions of dollars they get. Sports can be tough on a person. Just look at Joe Mauer, by the time he is 30 he will be crippled. I mean look at Mauer now, he can barely move and complains about every little thing.

      Oh, and then there is the NFL or as I like to call it the National Felony League. We need to have a spot for these felons to go so they are not out there raping our Mom’s and sisters and girlfriends. Abusing cops and having sex parties on boats, etc.

      I am more then happy to give up my $400.00 a year and a few meals to make sure that these millionaires and billionaires get paid. I mean thats only fair right?

      Give me a break!!

      1. Ralph says:

        $100 dollars a month? what you eating, dog food?

    2. Let them move says:

      Well Travis. Your 10 dollars and 10 dollars from the other 60,000 vikings fans amounts to 600,000 dollars. A little short don’t you think. The rest of us who could care less about sports don’t want to pay anything. No to new taxes.

  7. Let them move to Iowa says:

    Travis, at $1.1B this will cost over $200 for every man, woman and child in MN.
    If you assume they make a 65,000 seat stadium (bigger than the dome) and sell it out for 8 games a year for 30 years, it’s still $70 for every ticket for every game to pay for the stadium.
    There is no way the vikings bring that kind of benefit to the state of MN

    1. travis says:

      1.1 billion devided by 5 million people is 200 bucks. 1.1 billion devided by 3 (wilfs, state of mn, and ramsey co) equals 333 million. 333 million devided by 5 million people (in the state of mn) equals 66 dollars/person. Now that is just if we are doing everything completely equal by thirds. The wilfs have agreed to almost pay half. The state of MN has said that it will only increase taxes on sporting events and memorabilia. ITs not 200… its probably closer to 20… even much less depending on where you live in the state.

      1. Jim says:

        How about Mr. Zygi pays for all of it! I don’t want a bunch of LOSERS representing the state I am from… how about if the pay us the same amount for us to accept them here…

    2. TL says:

      While your at it….

      what are we paying out to the folks on welfare….public assistance….you know, folks that can get a job but chose not to, etc. And while youre at it, what are we paying out to the folks on welfare that dont even LIVE in this state???

      You get them law maker types to stop doing that….I ll change my mind about my $$ going to build this stadium. Meanwhile, I wont be holdin’ my breath.

      BUILD IT!

      1. Joe says:

        Very good TI,,,,I have to agree with you 100%.
        I wish they would build it bigger though, why not 80,000 seat. One day we could host the Super Bowl and or Olympics. As long as we are building it, do it right.

      2. Laura says:

        See, I wish people will educate themselves a little bit more about this before they comment… I happen to work for the staffing industry, I had witness a lot when it comes to welfare, as a matter of fact I just witness an employee force to quit his job, since he couldn’t afford his bills on a 10/HR job, and had 2 kids without electricity living in the house, he went and ask for help, and the county decided he made too much money… so whet he did, simply QUIT his job and now the county instead of only paying for a single bill…. now they are paying for all of his bills… in other words, they could have help him with a 400/bill and now they will pay over 2000 to support him… see it doesn’t make sense, is not that they don’t wanna work, its that the government makes them QUIT so they can get help! INSANE….. just INSANE, and then we wonders, why are we in a financial crisis???

    3. Johnny Rain Cloud says:

      The vikings get 10 games each year, 2 preseason and 8 regular season! Who knows the vikings may make the playoffs in any of those 30 years so more money is generated. Plus, the stadium should and will most likely be used for more than just football games. Concerts and other events can be held there.

      1. Joe says:

        I have an idea. Have the Indian Casinos pay for it….

        1. jackactionhero says:

          Dumbest idea of the day

  8. Not a Real Perspon says:

    why do we have to pay even more in property taxes, sales taxes etc…to pay for this???

    1. travis says:

      if you live outside of ramsey co you will not pay one cent more in property taxes. If you don’t buy sporting memorabilia you won’t pay one cent more in taxes. If you do some shopping in ramsey co… you’ll have to pay a penny or two more every time you shop.

      1. jan says:

        A penny or two? What about buying a car, a boat, an appliance? It would cost much more than pennies and Ramsey County businessess would lose money because of sales going to other counties

        1. Wu says:

          There are no local sales taxes on the purchase of automobiles, specifically so an individual does not have incentive to travel to an area with a lower tax rate to make their purchase. In fact, where you purchase an item has little to do with the tax you owe, it is where the item is used. If you purchase an item at a lower tax rate than the tax rate of the area where it will be used, you owe use tax on the difference… even individuals, they just never get audited for it.

          1. Wu-wrong says:

            Wu you are stoopid. There are county sales tax. That’s why it costs more to buy stuff in Henn county. The 300M state portion would hit every tax payers. Stop with your childish banter…this stadium will costs the tax payers almost 800M dollars. Stop saying it won’t…it will.

  9. Al says:

    What a waste of money but then again when was the last time Minnesota did anything that made any sense.

  10. travis says:

    I’m just wondering… How many people complaining about this actually live in ramsey co? The state is planning very targeted tax increases on sporting memorabilia… something that people who hate sports will never buy and will never be affected by. Ramsey co is set to be the one who really contributes to this project… with a general sales tax increase. I live in ramsey co. I want a stadium.

    1. 99 says:

      I live in Ramsey County and I don’t want to give welfare to Zippy.

      1. jackactionhero says:

        Zippy? Your opinion is your opinion, but calling people by insulting names makes you look juvenile and stupid. Are you?

  11. Donnie S says:

    Just pay your tax and STFU jezzus C

  12. jackactionhero says:

    I bought a hockey stick in Woodbury for my son last weekend. I noticed on the receipt that the city of Woodbury had stuck me for an additional .67 city tax. I shrugged my shoulders and went about my day.

    You should do the same.

    1. 99 says:

      zippy w needs a handout.

  13. editors are busy today says:

    The hottest controversy in decades and WCCO edits posts to allow only what they want readers to see.

    Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.

  14. A Voter says:

    Governor Dayton,
    Bring this stadium issue to the public for a vote. Ziggy is only one person, and will not get you re-elected.

    1. Can.t win in this state says:

      And I thought Jesse was nuts and Pawlenty was a liar and known as Mr Fee’s. Both not good governors. Now we are dealing with a nut job again in Office.

  15. Vikings Fan says:

    Funny that everyone is complaining. Get over it!! Has anyone noticed that road construction that started on 694 and Hwy 10 in Arden Hills? Um, coincidence? lol!!!!
    Skol Vikings, now pay up!

    1. Joe says:

      That’s been on the books for years Viking Fan!

  16. Rocket Scientist says:

    Progress continues to be made. I can’t wait for the new stadium!

    1. zyppi says:

      We continue to regress under the heel of con servative thought. I can wait for the new stadium.

  17. Mark says:

    Will a “sunset Clause” Be attached? meaning that the tax will end when the stadium is paid for. In Minneapolis, and Hennepin County, we are still paying for the Metrodome, Target center, Convention Center, and the new Twins ballpark. because of no sunset clause.

    Be careful what you wish for. If state funding to the stadium is 300 million, and they play only 10 guarenteed events (games) each year, the total cost to Minnesota per game is $1,500,000 per game! It sounds like an incredibly expensive toy for the state when we have bridges, infrastruture, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. in need as well.

    I hope it is a ballot vote, and let the citizens decide. My vote is for the people of this state and the important future needs, not some gladiator event like in the days of the roman empire. Roman Empire? That’s right, they are no more!

  18. Doug T says:

    How many times have we “resolved” this issue? We the people say NO to public funding – pay your own way Vikings…..

    But then they come back and back and back …..

    So here’s to the LA Vikings – they can pay for a stadium – not sure where they will come up with the $$$$$ – but hey have at it.

  19. Zippy W. says:

    Give me a handout!!

  20. rich effer says:

    I need more, more MORE!!!!!!!!

  21. kp says:

    I wanted to build a new garage this year but could not afford to do that. My neighbor makes a lot more money than I and he built a big garage.. Should I get a second job to afford this? Ziggy what should I do.
    Ziggy can afford this- Minnesota can’t afford this, They play 10 games a year.
    10 days people

    1. allcopssuk says:

      maybe more, if they make the playoffs, and get a home game. HAHA!!!!!! no welfare for zippy!!

    2. jackactionhero says:

      It isn’t the Vikings stadium. It’s a stadium for Minnesota.

      That isn’t 10 days a year, people.

      Don’t be fooled by the smoke and mirrors of the people like this idiot who can’t do basic math.

  22. another rich effer says:

    I am RICH, and the POOR need to PAY MY WAY!!!!!

  23. gdog says:

    The law is we are supposed to be able to vote for this type of tax. Why don’t they just follow the law and stop making it up as they go. Oh yeah, because the RICH always get their way. The rest of us just get to pay for it.

  24. Bob says:

    During last summers state government shutdown, the legislature (or at least part of it) absolutely refused to raise spending or increase taxes for ANYTHING. Even things like education, roads, and health care were pretty much told to make do with what you have. Now we have a proposal to 1) give over 300 million dollars and 2) impose a sales tax on Ramsey County residents for what is an ENTERTAINMENT facility. Seems to me that if NFL owners would stop grossly overpaying their players, they could afford their own 30 year mortgage on a new stadium.

    1. Jack Noff says:

      zippy stinks.

  25. Taxpayer says:

    I feel sorry for those who are against it since they do not know what the state is going to lose if the Vikings move, they need to know the whole picture of how much revenue the team brings in to the city. If they have a new staduim, and they probably could host a super bowl which is a bigger revenue for the state. If they cut funding to where the state is losing it money, they will find funding. Remember you people do not complain when somebody defrauding the state gets exposed….

    1. Frankie says:

      To host a Super bowl they need a roof, more money. Revenue brought to the city. If they were bringing more revenue to the city than they cost don’t you think that figure would be out there? The Vikings know where their season ticket holders live. They know where the tickets go. Wise up. The state would only lose the revenue the national TV contract brings in and a few thousand at most out of state season ticket holders and one weekend a year of 30000 Packer fans, half of which may live in the metro area already. The people if there were no Vikings would spend their money somewhere else in state. that would be better for the state’s economy since the owner and many of the players don’t make their homes here. They don’t spend here what they make here.

  26. john says:

    All of the nay sayers on here show me how this state will replace the current revenue that the Vikings provide this state. In thing like the payroll taxes on the current players the visiting team players the million dollar managment team. The minimum wage conscession worker. the taxes on the beer and food. the merchandise.
    I would believe this number is well in excess of 100 million per year. As we are about another deficit. How on earth do you replace that income?
    Funny I have asked this question of the opposition and nobody has ever told me how or where they would either repalce it or what cuts they would make to compensate for the lost revenue. I respect you opinion of not handing them money for such a facility but the fact of the matter is they do bring alot of revenue to this state. So please defend your position by telling me what you are going to do without that revenue.

    1. zippy the leach says:

      Here is how it works, sill one. They can have the biggest, bestest stadium ever, in the history of ever. Zippy pays. Simple, isn’t it, simpleton?

      1. Wu says:

        Why would he pay for it all himself, when basically every other stadium in the country is partially funded by public dollars? He can find a different city to do it, is that what you’re saying? You still made no response to any of the issues brought about by the post you were replying to.

        1. jackactionhero says:

          Zygi Wilf is ponying up more money than has EVER been put forward by an owner in support of a new stadium in the HISTORY OF THE NFL.

  27. stephen says:

    I remember dayton saying a few weeks ago I’m nuetral
    another politician telling lies

  28. Wes Rosenberger says:

    Jeff has to be the biggest DOOSH BAG I have ever heard.. A new stadium will create thousands of new jobs and businesses around the site and also help existing ones and pump a lot of money onto our economy.Not only would it be used for Vikings games but also numerous other events. It would be nothing but a plus for our economy. The Vikings bring in more revenue to this state than all of our other professional sports teams combined.

    1. Jack Noff says:

      Cite your evidence please.

      1. jackactionhero says:

        Do you know anybody who buys beer before a Vikings game?

        Do you know anybody who buys groceries like steaks, chips, pop, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc for a Game Day BBQ or tailgating party?

        Have you ever seen anybody wearing a Vikings hat, Jersey or T-shirt? Where did they buy them and why?

        Do you know anybody who owns or works at any of the above businesses?

  29. LandMaster says:

    I have lots of money and like going to Viking games, the little people should support me in what I like to do as I support them with my tax money….
    Yes you people who pay no income tax…ok…shhut up and deal with it.

  30. kp says:

    what’s wrong with the place they are at right now? They just put a new roof on it, give it a paint job and were good to go, and saved lots of money

    1. SO SAD says:

      I agree. But if they want a new stadium and the state is going to build it, why don’t we get a cut of the team? Isn’t Z willing to do that?

    2. jackactionhero says:

      Are you serious? What’s wrong with the metrodome? Good grief, you are sooooooo late to the conversation…

  31. Kevin says:

    sayton met with leaders? Leaders? Not my freakin leaders…..”we are your leaders……we suck up to billionaires……you have no say in it…….we know they suck but some decade they may win……who knows……now go back to sleep and we will take care of everything for you….good god send those wall street hippy dippies to daytons house….to protest the rich running the world….morons just dont get it….

  32. what!?! says:

    I think people need to get their facts straight before posting some of these foolish comments on here

    Facts are
    The state will own the facility once built
    We will then lease out the facility to the vikes ( I believe that they are willing to sign a 30 year lease)
    Since the state owns the facility we can use it a a bargaining chip to attract functions, shows, concerts ect. All revenue raised will go towards the state
    This isnt blind spending – its an investment. Just like the land that the mall of america is built on that was owned by the city/state

    I would rather see my tax dollars be invested where there will be a return on investment rather than just being handed out blindly in hopes that we get some sort of return on investment. This is a win win for every one. This is not a tax hand out.

    My only argument is this- the location is stupid – If they want to save a few bucks and get this done, then build it on the dome site. We have all the civil infrastructure already in place( huge money saver which means higher return on initial investment)

  33. Wu says:

    This seems like a good forum to complain about my tax dollars being spent on things I don’t use, such as: the lightrail (I have a car), libraries (ever heard of the internet), museums (who has time when there are sports to be watched)… in fact, basically I’m mad that any of my tax dollars are spent outside of the 694/494 loop… and welfare too (it’s not my health issue).

    Pretty stupid, huh?

  34. Freebie says:

    Dayton now Zigi’s ho
    T-Paw was Pohlads
    The list on MN Ho’s goes on
    Ya sealed your fate Marky, ya sealed it once and for all. adios

  35. Factdealer says:

    They’re getting a new stadium and you’re paying for it, HaHa maybe i’l have to pay for it also, I really don’t care if my $20 pizza cost me 10cents more, I wouldnt even notice, because i am not over extended on my credit, I’ve made wise decisions so nickels and dimes mean nothing to me!

  36. Kevin says:

    This is America! Let the people vote this garbage out!!!

  37. xxx says:

    Why in the world is the Governor calling a special session?
    I hope that he is paying for the session out of his own pocket.

    The tuition for our shcools are rising through the roof.
    We have a very very large state debt that is only being funded by sources that should not be tapped.

    If a football owner wants a new sandbox to kick sand in some other billionaires team owner, let him buy the staduim himself and keep any profits that he might make from it. Let him be responsible for the entire bill if he wants a stadium so bad.

    Let the state worry about things that are really importnat in life. We certainly don’t need to worry about a few big dude millionaires running back and forth on a bit of green a few times during the y ear.

  38. JP says:

    Just because the Governor is a big sports fan doesn’t mean that everyone is.
    The Vikings have been losers so long its not even funny. Let them leave Minnesota!!

    1. jackactionhero says:

      so it’s your opinion that Minnesota should not have an NFL team and should not be involved in the NFL or professional football at all?

      Shouldn’t we pull out of ALL professional sports teams by that logic?

      Why do we have board games or frisbees while we’re on the topic? We only need to worry about shelter and food, right? LOL, you are such a narrow-minded simple simon…

  39. Jake says:

    I am not with the ‘.99’ crowd in any way whatsoever, but this Ramsey Co. deal is a BAD DEAL, and I don’t even LIVE THERE. Let the vikes go, they will NEVER win a SB, the league has seen to that too many times. Let Zigi lock horns with another billionaire, the infamous Philip Anschutz (AEG) and deal with him in CA. If the NFL won’t pitch in, like they did in Dallas, and wants the NFC North to be only about GB and CHI, so be it. Detroit is a one year wonder. The NFL is being really stupid in this case of relocating teams…

  40. Workings Of An Idle Mind says:

    Why is it that evertime there is a picture of the “Gov”, he has a look on his face as if he is still trying to determine if the tag on his shorts go in the front or back?

  41. James Kouba says:

    When are we going to get it. Everytime the economy is spiraling out of control, that is when the teams cry wolf. We can’t afford to build another stadium, and add more taxes to our already taxed burdened state. It is time for us to start calling the owners bluff and its overpaid athletes. They want a stadium let them build it with restictions as to how they will recapture the spenditure and possible loses. Our state doesn’t have jobs, the poor are losing homes, peoples credit is in a tailspin, and what does the Gov. want to do but spend more money on a special session. If the repubs agree to another session then all those who partake in it (even the dems) should do it without least that would help the economy. I am sick and tired of the wealthy bullying us into paying for something that we don’t get to use daily! And I am definetly appalled by their DICTATORSHIP and lies to get baiiled out. If Wif wants the stadium then theire should be a clause in the contract that stipulates that he and the organization will pay back the amount that is being asked. Besides (WE) the people should have a say and a vote not we the corporation. Persoanlly, if any legislature approves to having a stadium should be charged with ethics violation.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      “We can’t afford to build another stadium, and add more taxes to our already taxed burdened state.”

      That simply is not an accurate statement.

  42. Jake says:

    What SHOULD be done, but won’t, is as follows: There should be a REFERENDUM VOTE by Ramsey County voters, because that is what STATE LAW STATES. If you don’t like it, you get the LAW REPEALLED, through the democratic PROCESS. If that doesn’t happen, then there should be RECALL ELECTIONS on EVERY Ramsey Co. commissioner who voted to BREAK the STATE LAW, because they VIOLATED their OATH OF OFFICE. It is as simple as that, and it doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that. We just need enough people with a BACKBONE to UNDERSTAND THAT. Otherwise, grab or buy a pitchfork, and march downtown. Losing the queens doesn’t mean armegeddon. Hell, even the NFL isn’t stupid enough to ‘invest’ in the queens. They gave the Cowboys $150 million to help build their new stadium, but NONE for the queens? Didn’t Favre give the NFL the BEST, most PROFITABLE TV ratings back in ’09? FOR WHAT?? So the NFL could give those big bucks to LA, or NY, or wherever? This is a high stakes poker game, don’t blink MN.

  43. Z. Wilf says:

    Stop Whining. Just send me your money.

  44. KLS says:

    Let the buck stop here. No more taxpayer sponsered stadiums for billionaire owners and millionaire players. Go Vikings Go (to LA) and I wish yoou could take the Twins with you.

  45. Jes says:

    Minnesota Legislature, please listen. Please let the vikings leave.

  46. Ralph says:

    Let the whiners whine LOL it will be built and you will pay for it, what a bunch of cry babies.

  47. The gooch says:

    For all of you who are against using public money for private business; we better kick Best Buy, 3m, United Health, and every other major corproration out of the state as well. Do you think they aren’t subsidzed by our taxes as well. It’s called an economy people. These private businesses make our economy go! They provide jobs and tax revenues for the state. Of course they deserve something in return. They don’t have to be here. They can setup shop in any state they’d like.They are invaluable resurces to Minnesota’s economy and it would be a devestating blow to the economy to lose any of then- including the Vikings. It’s irrelevant if you are a sports fan or not, The Vikings presence in this state benefits you whether you watch them or not. To let them leave would be absolutely and positively negligence on the part of our state lawmakers. You don’t just let a reource that ganerates hundreds and millions of dollars of revenue every year for the state and local business walk away. It can’t and won’t be replaced. I live in Minnesota! If I wanted to live in South Dakota I’d move there.

  48. Norm says:

    We have more important things to spend tax dollars on. Like tearing up all of downtown Minneapolis to put in those stupid fricken bike lanes. What a joke and a waste!

  49. Mitch says:

    I have an Idea. How about we don’t leave this up to the law makers or the public because everyone has their own agenda whether it be political or personal preference. How about an independent 3rd party be called in to study the situation and make the deceision based purely on ecomic impacts. I’d bet a years salary against any of you who are against a new stadium that the sutdy would find that building a new stadium would have a POSITIVE economic impact all the way around- both in the short and long term!

  50. TL says:

    it just boggles the mind that the whiners on here are b*tching and moaning about $200/yr or whatever it is it’ll cost taxpayers to build this thing that will regenerate the MN economy in the long term….

    But are apparently OK with paying 30-40 million/yr EVERY YEAR in welfare handouts whether or not those that benefit from our generosity LIVE in this state or not. Cause I dont hear much b*itching about that.

    Was THAT idea put up to public voting??? I’m guessing NOT.

    You whiners really know how to pick your fights and arguements, thats for sure.


  51. mohair says:

    I be another elated estatic (that mean ‘happy’ to you vikings fans) that if they didn’t build the stadium..

    That’s two against and that’s a movement, started right here….

    but knowing the vikings they couldn’t find their way across the goal line let alone the state line (that’s a big LOL for you vikings fan)

    1. jackactionhero says:

      “estatic (that mean ‘happy’ to you vikings fans)”

      Uhhhhhhh…. No.

      I think you meant “ecstatic.”

  52. Scott says:

    I live in Ramsey county, the stadium should only be financed with user fees and taxes on sports memorabilia. Not the taxpayers. I am so tired of the bullying “if you can’t do it, we’ll move the team to a state that will.” Good, move! I’ll volunteer to drive the moving truck.

    The ONLY thing wrong with the Metrodome is they want more luxury suites. Sorry, I can’t afford to go to the games. Been to a Twins game with FREE tickets, still couldn’t afford to eat or drink anything. Did it before the game.

    Read my lips……NO NEW TAXES!

  53. Sandy says:

    They have a stadium, it just is not good enough for them and they don’t want to pay for one. Bye!

  54. Sandy says:

    With “bullying” in the press as often as we see it, I feel to understand why the people in the State of MN are not recognizing this as just that by the owner. He only cares about the $$ in his pocket, not ours and boy, no new playground = no team for you!

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