Vikings’ Letter To Dayton: Arden Hills Is It

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Web Extra: Vikings’ Letter To Dayton

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings have sent Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton a letter expressing their disappointment in the decision to eliminate a local sales tax option to finance a new football stadium.

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf sent the letter on Friday, praising Dayton and lawmakers for having conversations on possible stadium solutions, but also cautioning “the strategy of avoiding this issue does not work.”

In the letter, the Wilfs said they believe Arden Hills remains the ideal site for a future stadium.

“The Vikings have spent more than a year working with Ramsey County on the analysis of this site and we are confident that it will serve the State and our fans extremely well,” read the letter.

The letter also pointed out the more than $400 million private investment they’ve already made in the Arden Hills site, and drove their point home with a few new artistic renderings of the stadium complex.

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Earlier this week, Gov. Dayton forcefully raised the stadium stakes, accusing key lawmakers of deliberately slowing down the stadium push for political reasons.

Dayton called out lawmakers for focusing on their careers, rather than the task at hand.

“Their number one job is more important than providing several thousand jobs to Minnesotans who are currently sitting on the bench and want to work,” he said.

A stadium bill appeared to be moving once, but then stopped when GOP leaders backed off. Republican leaders said they are caught in a political Catch-22 — nobody wants to lose the Vikings but no one wants to pay for them, either.

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  1. James says:

    “decision to eliminate a local sales tax option to finance a new football stadium”…

    choice words when “asking the taxpayers of Ramsey County to pay for a new football stadium” is a more appropriate fit.

    “eliminate … an option to finance” sounds like a deal where you ask the bank for a loan. This isn’t a loan. This isn’t anything like a loan. You’re not shopping for financing. This is a bill that tax payers in Ramsey County would have to pay. You’re shopping for people to guarantee a loan in the form of taxes.

    Usually the people making the payments are the same people who purchase the product and are the same people who ask for the loan. In this case, you have the car dealer asking the bank for money from a loan to buy a fancy car that someone else will pay for that no customer will ever make use of. Instead, the customers will pay additional money to visit the car for 8 days out of 365 days a year, and will only walk away disappointed because the car is ugly, rusty, has flat tires, and spits and sputters if it starts and runs. If there was a lemon law, it would be instantly returned. I say let’s return Ziggy’s car and he can do with it what he pleases.

    1. I hope they leave says:

      The Billion Dollar stadium in the drawing looks exactly like the Metrodome..

      1. Mike Petters says:

        I admire the elected officials who refuse to budge for Zygi’s threats,manipulation,underhanded schemes,scams,flim flam,greed & pickpocketing…He’s a slimy snake.

        1. Gina the Lez says:

          This stadium deal is NEVER gonna happen! And that makes me smile.

          1. watch says:

            Well you better unsmile because it is going to happen ..just wait and see

            1. Gina the Lez says:

              no way this is happenin..the Vikings aren’t as important as they think they are..Folks are just plain tired of em.

              1. Peter Franklin says:

                opposition to this stupid stadium is overwhelming..the only people that want it are the shirtless,face-painted,mullet-haired rednecks who worship these illiterate chimps in purple..

            2. @watch & weep says:

              been waitin 10 years..it aint happened yet..and won’t…now dry your tears.

    2. ram says:

      idol worship – to the nth degree

  2. Meow says:

    I live in Arden Hills and am EXTREMELY EXCITED that the stadium might be nearby. It will be a far better experience for parking and getting to and from the stadium. Downtown traffic can be a major headache, especially in winter.

    Thank you WCCO for the updates on this developing story.

    1. TJ says:

      IT’S TIME TO GET THIS DONE. KEEP THE VIKES AND LET US PAY FOR IT WE ALREADY DID A TWINS AND GOPHERS STADIUMS.NOT ONE PERSON MENTIONS THE AMOUNT OF WASTE OUR POLITICIANS CREATED WITH THEIR BUDGET DEBATES. SERIOUSLY DO YOUR JOBS OR BE VOTED OUT. YOU FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE DON’T FORGET THAT

      1. Get it done says:

        Perfectly well said..Get in done

    2. Kevin says:

      As a counterpoint, I live in Minneapolis, and I’m EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED that they’re considering moving the stadium from a central location with multiple restaurants, bars, and public transportation options nearby to a place where your only option is to drive and probably pay $20+ to park and be near…well, nothing.

      1. @k e v i n says:

        As a taxpayer I am extremely pleased to be realistic enough to know that this stadium will never be built.

  3. Rockford says:

    Do the GOP have at least one leader? They want it but no one wants to pay for it? A leader leads and everyone else whines and complains. A leader gets things done and the follower compares cars to public assets.

  4. Robert E says:

    I do see where it is fair for one county to provide the money for a single team. I believe the name of the team is the Minnesota Vikings not the Ramsey Co Vikings. Now….if you are willing to change the name we might have a conversation but until that time or for that matter win a Super Bow. I just dont think it’s right that in this time of budget cuts and lay offs that the Vikings are asking for tax money to pay for their playground. You know the saying ” you build it with your money and they will come;”

  5. Huh says:

    Where is Arden Hills even at. I have lived here for 3 years and have no idea where it is. Keep the Vikings Downtown. Nobody wants to go to the country to watch a football game. Having the stadium downtown is part of the experience. Did they get the idea from the movie Field of Dreams.

    1. You're Right! says:

      You’re right, the stadium should be in Mpls where there’s no parking, no room, high crime, and an &%$ load of traffic 24/7. Idiot

      1. Your not right says:

        Their is room idiot. Didn’t you see the proposals for the the 2 sites downtown? You probably live out their in Arden Hills. High crime and loads of traffic huh? That might be the case compared to where you live in the middle of nowhere. Idiot.

        1. Jack C says:

          I really respect your opinion on this subject because of your obvious intellect. *sarcasm*

          It’s nearly impossible to read your comment, let alone convince me of your viewpoints. Please learn how to use “their”, “there”, and “they’re”. Not once did you use it correctly in your comment. Also, calling someone an “idiot” is going to make them refuse your views, not accept your opinion.

          I’m always surprised to see how many people have no conception of grammar and how many people still hide behind the anonymity of the internet to spread their views. Giving your real name and not calling people stupid gives you way more credibility.

          I live across the road from where the Arden Hills site is and I don’t want the stadium there due to the amount of construction, traffic and noise it would bring with it, but it is for sure not out in “the middle of nowhere”. Arden Hills area is suburban and has a lot of activity and a high population. Obviously nothing close to downtown’s population, but it’s not the countryside as some seem to believe.

          1. Jack SUX says:

            If you can’t read my reply, you obviously can’t read very well. Thanks for pointing out my misuse of the word their. Arden Hills sucks, nobody want to go “there” to watch a game.

      2. Gordon says:

        You apparently like the big parking lot experience where it takes forever to funnel in and out of a few entrances/exits. I remember that from Old Met Stadium Days. I experienced it again going to a Royals games in KC. No, give me downtown MPLS where you have many access points and a ton of parking choices.

    2. kell22 says:

      It’s about 10 minutes from downtown mpls. Hardly the country. And far from field of Dreams. LOL!!!!!!

      1. Huh says:

        I know that was a joke. But I do feel like downtown is the best place for a stadium for any professional sport in any city.

    3. P SMITH says:

      why do we always have to go downtown Minneapolis for ALL sports events the name of the teams is MINNESOTA NOT MINNEAPOLIS hell lets put the stadium in Duluth or Rochester make everyon from Minneapolis have to travel to the stadiums the number one reason Minneapolis is NOT a good site is PARKING in Arden Hills they will have plenty of parking and is easier to get to than downtown Minneapolis !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! some people HATE driving in Minneapolis

      1. W says:

        Because Minneapolis is the closest thing to actually being a good city

        1. P SMITH says:

          Minneapolis is the WORST city in Minnesota highest crime rate, most murders per capita so I”m SORRY but W your WRONG there are a lot of great cities in Minnesota that are better than Minnepolis

  6. JP LIttle says:

    The Wilfs have more than enough money to fund a new playground for a bunch of overpaid athletes. To add taxes to fund a stadium that I not being a sports fan will ever use is outragous. The last time I checked banks offered loans for items that were too large to pay for outright. Go see a bank and finance the playground. Use the team a collateral if you must. But leave the taxpayers who are not sports freaks off the hook from having to pay for something that means nothing to us.

    1. iknowit says:

      I wish I could say that about the things in life, and especially in this nanny state, that I never use or care about but pay for nonetheless. Using that logic is incredibly ridiculous and you know better. It’s about the quality of life for all of us, not for what individuals want.

  7. BigBoobyAnnie says:

    Give me a hand here – the $400M private investment they have already made???
    Say what??????
    Goodbye you idiots – if you had invested $400M in an unknown, you did not, then I’d say you are dumber than my ex. That I didn’t think was possible

    1. Dr. Phil watcher says:

      That’s what your ex said about you too.

  8. The solution says:

    Public funds? How about a public hanging instead?

  9. Rick says:

    OK, for those who don’t remember or don’t want to remember, the old Met (Mall of Amer.) Stadium wasn’t in Downtown Mpls. when they built the Dome! Dallas Cowboys built a new stadium thats not in Dallas!!! Therefore “Pull you’re heads Out” Minnesota!! We look stupid to the rest of the US when we build stadiums for the Twins and for the Gophers but we cant for the Vikings??? “Come ON Man”!!!

    1. U iz smart eye guess says:

      And you don’t think having a $5+ billion budget deficit makes us look stupid?

      How about if we add funding a new stadium to that deficit, will that look less stupid?

  10. GO TO L.A. NO TAXES !!! says:

    NO TAX MONEY !!!! NEXT THE TIMBER WOLVES WILL WANT A NEW ONE ?? WALMART CENTER IS WHAT 26 YEARS OLD ?? THAT’S TOO OLD!!!! DOME IS ALL NEW!!! PLAY THERE OR GO TO L.A. BYE BYE !!! RAMSEY CO. TOO BAD IF YOU HAD TOO PAY HENN CO . IS PAYING FOR THE TWINS !!! WE ALL NEED PROPERTY TAX RELIEF WAIT TILL YOU SEE YOUR TAX BILLS NEXT WEEK !! THAT IS AFTER THEY SOLD OUR TOBACCO FUNDS DOWN THE ROAD AT HALF PRICE !!! GOOD MOVE DAYTON !! LOWER TAXES !! DO NOT EVEN THINK OF RAISING THEM !! DUH !!

    1. Seer says:

      Wow. Writing in caps still doesn’t make you’re point seem intelligent. The majority want the stadium done with gambling money. Let’s make it so.

  11. PLATOON says:

    As a veteren of this great nation I want to say HAPPY VETERENS DAY to all my veteren brothers and sisters. I love Minnesota, and The Minnesota Vikings,let’s get this stadium built,SKOLLLLL!!!!!!!

  12. A Voter says:

    Go Vikings Go, how soon will you Go?

  13. It will get done says:

    Face the facts people ..this stadium is going to get built no matter how much whining you all do…The Vikings will be staying !!

  14. OldDirtyHippie says:

    Billionaires & millionaires asking people with MUCH LESS to buy them a new home!!!!

  15. Perry says:

    “The letter also pointed out the more than $400 million private investment they’ve already made in the Arden Hills site, ”

    What???

    Why does the paper print bogus lies?

    Zygi is a slimy snake and will take politicians down with him.

  16. NO! says:

    Wilf sucks. So does that “peoples statium” traitor Dayton. NO MONEY FOR ZIPPY!

  17. Rasputin says:

    They are trying to change the subject to where a stadium should be built.

    The real subject is who can the Vikings steal money from.

    And which politicians can be tricked.
    And which politicians can be bribed.
    And which politicians can be coerced.

    BTW:

    “Would you favor or oppose using public money for a new Viking’s stadium?”

    Favor: 22%
    Oppose: 74%
    Don’t know: 4%

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/133240568.html

  18. TAKE A VOTE !!!!! says:

    THEY ARE GOING TO GET SMEARED ON MONDAY !! THEN EVERYONE WILL KNOW THEY ARE LOOOOOSERS !!!! SEE YA !!! HA HA HA !!!!!

  19. Only 8 Games says:

    Games played at Arden Hills:

    Week 2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Vikings – 1
    Week 3: Detroit Lions at Vikings – 2
    Week 5: Arizona Cardinals at Vikings – 3
    Week 7: Green Bay Packers at Vikings – 4
    Week 11: Oakland Raiders at Vikings – 5
    Week 13: Denver Broncos at Vikings – 6
    Week 15: New Orleans Saints At Vikings – 7
    Week 17: Bears at Vikings – 8

    8 games playe at Arden Hills

    Sounds like a good use of 1,300,000,000.00 Dollars (1.3 Billion Dollars)

  20. AP says:

    HAHAAA looks like the Wilfs are starting their temper tantrums.

    I’ve been a Viking fan for 30+ years, but there is NO WAY this state should help fund a BILLION dollar real estate development. Build it on the farmers market site for $500M and shut up.

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