ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate will hold two hearings on proposals for the state to help build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, as Gov. Mark Dayton meets with backers of possible sites.

Dayton met Wednesday with the mayor and a city council member from Arden Hills, where the team wants to build a $1.1 billion stadium with financial assistance from the state. Dayton says the officials told him there is strong local support for building on a huge, undeveloped piece of land that was once an Army ammunition plant.

Several sites in downtown Minneapolis are also in play.

Also Wednesday, state Sen. Julianne Ortman says she will convene several informational hearings on the proposal: one on Nov. 29 and one on Dec. 6. No state House hearings have been called.

Comments (16)
  1. john says:

    I notice the name on the artist’s rendering is Minnesota Sports Complex.
    Nice way to make people feel good.
    What do think it will really be called when they sell the naming rights ?
    It took about two seconds to sell the HHH Metrodome rights to Mall of America.

  2. john says:

    everyone should read a book called BAD SPORTS to get the real story of Stadium financing and if it helps a community.

    1. Idiot Savant says:

      sports teams, especially the NFL, DO bring communities together though. To a lot of people, Sunday’s are a time to get together with friends and family and watch a Vikings game.

      1. me says:

        Chris Cook is going to bring TWELVE people together … in his TRIAL.

  3. Susan says:

    “Dayton says the officials told him there is strong local support for building on a huge, undeveloped piece of land that was once an Army ammunition plant.”

    Somebody is lying.

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

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

    1. john says:

      I once was told by a politician that there was a “groundswell” of support for a project. When I asked how many people were considered a groundswell he said
      6 or more. If you watched the news last night they showed the people dressed liked idiots that showed to support the Arden Hills site. There were 6.
      If I owned the Vikings I would at least drum up some local fans to show. Must think they have a slam dunk. OOPS, thats Basketball and they don’t play anymore. Who pays the Vikings share if the NFL shuts out the teams or there is a strike ?

    2. Jay says:

      I was extremely disappointed in Dayton for supporting the stadium stuff…but really,..I was more disappointed that I actually “suspected” that a politician would be in favor of working with the majority of the people of this state rather than the rich minority. Ah, well…this all goes on deaf ears.
      But another opportunity exists…
      Why not take this huge amount of money the politicians in our state want to use for support of the entertainment industry; and use it to support real growth in education? From grade schools to colleges, this kind of money injected into those areas would be hugely beneficial. How about unemployment benefits or programs that really help those in need, (especially now)? Or, more support of our police and fire support systems in a time when (oddly enough) we need them more.
      Anyway, the list of uses for a huge amount of money for the betterment of our society, our more respectable Minnesota culture and Minnesota’s future is the list I support, whole heartedly. The entertainment industry\industries really need to be very thankful for what they have, even in this depression, which I wonder they are even aware of.

  4. Jason says:

    Many people I talk with concerning this stadium mess reflects susans poll. NOBODY wants it.

    1. Idiot Savant says:

      well duh, a lot of people are opposed to public money for a stadium, however people do favor racino to fund a stadium. A majority of MN want the Vikings to stay.

      1. Susan says:

        Why should Zygi get our gambling money? It makes no sense. That money could be used for bridges, schools, firemen, property tax relief, etc.

        Besides. There isn’t enough. There would be a short.

        The vast majority support Zygi paying for his own stadium.

      2. Jason says:

        Racino huh?, maybe we can fund our $5,000,000,000 state budget deficit. But whats the fun in that. You must have been asleep back in July when our State shutdown??

  5. concerned says:

    there are other IMPORTANT things our lawmakers should be spending their time on. We have higher priorieties to be considering than a football stadium that the owners can prosper from and we all pay for. Who is working on our budget, our shortage of funds, how do we get the funds to pay for things, what if gambling is approved – who pays for those that get addicted and need help afterwards because they wasted away their living dollars etc

  6. concerned says:

    does anyone of importance ever read these comments? does anyone that matters read these and conside what is said here? probably not so i just wasted time reading and replying.

    1. HotCarl says:

      You have to get involved if you want to be heard. The internet is for complaints, cat pictures and porn

  7. Ralph says:

    If, during the hearings, anyone says jobs will be created, they should be expelled immediately for lying.

    There are no economic benefits to taxpayer subsidized stadiums.


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