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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Governor Mark Dayton has issued a final deadline for Minneapolis and Ramsey County to put their packages together for a potential Vikings stadium.
Dayton held a news conference Thursday afternoon to announce that he wants full proposals from Minneapolis and Arden Hills stadium officials by Jan. 12, which is one week from today.
Dayton expects both sides to have their complete stadium plans ready, including full financing plans and statements on why their sites are superior for the stadium site.
The Vikings’ lease with the Metrodome ended after their game on Sunday, a loss to the Chicago Bears. If Vikings and lawmakers can come to an agreement on a stadium, it is expected the Vikings would renew their lease with the Metrodome while the stadium would be under construction.
The stadium situation has been in limbo for some time as the Vikings have said all along they prefer their site in Arden Hills. Officials in Minneapolis have a couple of sites, and some are hoping to use revenue from gambling to help pay for the local contribution to the stadium.
“We know some of the facts but we don’t know all of them. Some people are showing cards and some people are not showing cards,” Dayton said. “That’s why we have to get all the cards face up on the table on both sides, all sides, and then figure out how best to proceed from there.”
Vikings officials said Thursday that the situation is “urgent.” The team said there is “significant urgency” for the state to act on a stadium early in the 2012 legislative session.