Gov. Dayton Sets Deadline For Vikings Stadium Plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Non-stop talks continued at the State Capitol Wednesday as Governor Mark Dayton, Vikings Owner Zygi Wilf and other officials met to come up with a plan on how to pay for a new stadium before a special session is called.

The outlines of a possible deal are beginning to take shape one day after NFL officials put a slight nudge of pressure on the state. The threat to move the team out of the state is very real if a stadium deal can’t be reached.

“If you lose one of these franchises, you don’t often get an opportunity anytime soon to get it back,” Dayton said. “So keeping the team we have, the Minnesota Vikings have been here for 50 years. They have had their good years and not so good years but they are a Minnesota institution.”

Gov. Dayton continued a series of private meetings Wednesday. Wilf, a key player in those meetings, refused to comment to the media as he left the Capitol.

Gov. Dayton also met with Ramsey County Commissioners, who have committed $350 million for the Arden Hills site. Dayton also met with developers who want to build a casino in downtown Minneapolis, whose revenue could be used for stadium construction.

Dayton made his strongest comments yet in favor of the Arden Hills stadium site, if only because the Vikings won’t put their money anywhere else. He also repeated an NFL warning: Without a stadium, the Vikings could leave.

“I’m looking at how we can create an up vote. We keep emphasizing to everybody, and I know what everybody out there is against. I want to know what people are for,” Dayton said.

Adding to the day’s mysterious nature: Minneapolis Block E casino developers were summoned to the Vikings’ meetings. They later told reporters they discussed casino cash, not the stadium.

“We think that Block E is a wonderful generator of jobs as well as bringing new vitality to downtown Minneapolis,” said Bob Lux, one of the potential developers.

Dayton set a 10-day deadline for all the necessary parts to agree on key parts of a stadium. He plans to unveil his own detailed stadium proposal for the legislature on Nov. 7. He wants the legislature to debate the plan before he calls for a special session, which has been set to start Nov. 21.

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  1. Steve says:

    Hey Gov, Stick to the business of fixing all the other problems in Minnesota. We don’t need you running around kissing Ziggys Ass……..

  2. G Dog says:

    Put a state sponsored casino on the Arden Hills site. A portion of the profits should help retire the debt on the stadium. Hotels, restaurants and retail stores on the site could have an additional 1% tax to also pay for the stadium. Jack up parking to $50 per game for the tailgaters. A 1/2% sales tax in Ramsey County that expires after 5 years provides additional funding.

    Why is this so difficult?

    1. Walter says:

      Because taking all that money out of other sectors of the economy depresses those sectors and results in more jobs lost than gained.

      It’s not difficult at all.

  3. Steve says:

    Time to Recall Dayton!

  4. He's a Zippy Bozo says:

    Recall? Dayton who?

  5. Walter says:

    They can stay in the Dome.
    They can use TCF stadium, it’s not used on Sundays.
    They can pay for their own stadium
    They can leave.

    Only a corrupt government wound get in bed with these guys.

  6. abc says:

    You can leave.

    Again, do you have any idea how much money an NFL team brings in. Construction jobs, businesses around the stadium, taxes on the players multi-million dollar paychecks, etc. the list goes on. Pay the small tax and get over it.

    1. JMJ says:

      1st the Vikings do have a stadium it is in Minneapolis. If they can’t afford to build a new one on their own. Then maybe they should live within their means just like the rest of us.

  7. A Voter says:

    Dear abc,
    Those construction jobs are temporary at best, The businesses near Target stadium were on TV not that long ago telling about the employees that were let go because the Twins were having such a great season. The same people who are crying for a new stadium are the same ones crying about the exsisting taxes.
    Go root for another team.

  8. Doug T says:

    “Non-stop talks continued at the State Capitol Wednesday as Governor Mark Dayton, Vikings Owner Zygi Wilf and other officials met to come up with a plan on how to pay for a new stadium before a special session is called….”

    Really? Non Stop? No sleep or breaks? A touch too dramatic – I know you have to sell this story – but how about “on going”

    And truly – how many times does the majority of citizens of minnesota have to say No Public Funding? Democracy ?? ….democrats? Hello…?

    .

  9. No welfare for zippy says:

    Governor turncoat.

  10. SCOTTY says:

    IN A TIME WHERE PEOPLE ARE SCREAMING “TAX THE RICH”, I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I’D SEE A DFL GOV. GO SO OUT OF HIS WAY TO HELP THE REAL RICH GET RICHER. OR IS THIS ALL ABOUT HELPING HIS “BUDDIES” GET BETTER PAYING JOBS. OK ALL OF YOU 99%-ERS WAKE UP AND VOTE HIM OUT

  11. Scott says:

    This is simple. Call this stadium idea what it is:

    A Vikings Bailout.

    We are sick of bailing out banks, car companies and the like. Now we throw money at professional football. Priorities.

  12. The Crux of the Buscuit says:

    Wylf is free to build whatever stadium the market says will be profitable. The state should not try and get in the way of good sound market dictates. If the football buying public can’t generate enought revenue for the owners to run a good competitive enterprise, then the market has spoken.

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