Vikings Stadium Public Hearings Begin Next Week

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Members of the public looking to voice their opinion on a potential Vikings stadium will have the chance to do so next week but they’re asked to sign up in advance and keep it short.

The first public hearing will be held Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 15 at the State Capitol. It will focus on potential sites for a new stadium. The following Tuesday, a second hearing will be held to focus on public funding sources for the project.

Those who would like to speak are encouraged to sign up ahead of time by emailing Senate Tax Committee administrator Beth Kadoun at or 651-296-5640. Those who do not sign up in advance will be able to speak as time permits.

While there is no set time limit for speakers, but officials ask people to keep their remarks as short as possible. Seating in the room will also be limited, but overflow rooms with televisions will be set up as well.

In addition to the public speaking portion of the hearing, representatives from the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, Ramsey County, Minneapolis and the Minnesota Vikings are also expected to testify.

Senate Republican leaders say the purpose of the hearings is to get input from the people before putting together a final stadium bill.

  • Rasputin

    I’m sure the politicians will want some information so they can make an intelligent decision. So here is some information:

    There are no economic benefits to taxpayer subsidized stadiums. Anyone who tells you different is lying.


  • Teed Off

    It’s a waste of time, they already know where it’s going, and no one will stop it.
    This is the politicians way of defending themselves so they can say look how hard we tried.

    • No public funds or gaming revenues for a stadium

      A statewide referendum would cure that, wouldn’t it?

      • Journeyone


        • what, fair? then I don't want it

          So if it’s fair, you want no part of it, right? You must paint your face purple and swizzle beer all day.

      • Mike

        so would a state wide referendum on how much we give those dead beats on welfare

        • Teed Off

          When was the last time you were laid-off?
          One out of six people in this country don’t know where there next meal is coming from, and all you care about is a new stadium.

          • Mike

            My point is, everyone wants a vote on everything, but it’s just not feasible. I’d love to have a say in where my money goes, but that doesn’t happen. I have never been laid off, but I feel for those people, but there are those that are abusing the program big time. I see it everyday in my occupation. How does someone pay $75 for rent, yet drive an escalade and have an iphone.

            • Matt

              aye, why even vote people into office if we are going to vote on everything.

            • SO SAD

              It is called baby mama living in Section 8 housing where baby daddy lives with them without the state knowing about it, and selling drugs. The state needs to surprise these people living in Section 8 housing to see for themselves of who is actually living in the household. But, as of now, when they do visit the person living in Section 8, they are given a warning beforehand.

          • A vote against a stadium isn't a vote against you

            I think you may be missing the point. We care about out of work people more than we care about a new stadium. If you think building a stadium will cure the “need a job” problem, it won’t – at least not for very long, not for very many people, and not necessarily for MN residents who are out of work.

            Zygi can spend his own money to build a stadium; remember, he’s the one who wants it and he hasn’t been at all bashful about saying he wants it so he can increase his profits.

            If MN is going to “find” $650,000,000 for something, let it be to pay back funds it already borrowed from education and to DIRECTLY help our “in need” residents, not the billionaire Zygi and his millionaire players.

            We’re on YOUR side, buddy.

  • Rasputin

    Do they have a kid in a wheel chair ready to testify how much his life is enriched by watching the Vikings lose?

    • Matt

      shows him how good of a life he has

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