Governor Dayton Begins Vikings Stadium Bill Push

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The Vikings stadium bill is ready for prime time, and Gov. Mark Dayton is already promoting it.

First order of business: Try to get legislative leaders to support the plan, which apparently calls for a $975 million stadium to be built near the current Metrodome site. The bill is expected to be introduced early next week.

Dayton told Newsradio 830 WCCO’s Chad Hartman he talked to legislative leadership Friday about the Vikings bill. The state’s portion of the stadium is nearly $400 million, funded by profits from electronic pull tabs. But Dayton said other funding sources may be considered.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Chad Hartman Interviews Gov. Mark Dayton

“It’s certainly possible,” Dayton said. “There are very limited options, but anything’s possible. I’ve been around here long enough to know that any member can bring up (other options) in committee or on the floor.”

Gov. Dayton says three numbers are key in getting the stadium deal done: 68, 34 and 7. The 68 votes are needed to pass the House, 34 in the Senate and seven votes is a majority of the Minneapolis City Council.

Dayton said if the Minneapolis City Council doesn’t approve of the plan, the deal is off.

“If the majority of the council members don’t approve, it’s a dead deal,” said Dayton.

  • truth_or_dare

    400 Million from EPT over what, 100 years??

    Let the players and gate pay the 400 Million.

    • Nate

      Okay I pick truth…

      Do you have any idea how much money EPT can generate in a year?

  • Mn&TxForPaul

    If the price tag was at a cheaper number, than I would approve the idea, but at $975 Million, that’s pathetic! I thought Minnesota was trying to save money, not get rid of the surplus that the state desperately needs.

    • Nate

      Price tag is $400 million, not $975 million. What Zygi decides to pay is not going to have any impact on MN tax payers.


    Wcco is sensoring my comment to add the castle doctrine bill to the stadium bill in order for the stadium to be voted on.

    • Orrest

      Sounds like a perfect repiglating to do.

  • Gates

    E-Pulltabs? Really?

    I doubt that anyone who plays pull tabs knows what a computer is and how to logon to the inter-web.

    • Nate

      Yes. Really.

      I doubt that anyone who thinks that you have to log on to a computer to play E-Pulltabs has any idea what E-Pulltabs even is.

  • dontwory22

    as ok 2009 the Vikes are worth 835 million and make 200 million a year and Zygi cant get financing form his banker buddies??

  • Boo Hoo

    This stadium will get built with some of our tax dollars and if you don’t like MOVE!!!

    • Susan

      Instead of making asinine posts like the one you just made, why don’t you just have “stupid” tattooed on your forehead?

  • Tom

    Dayton…you lost me when you lost Arden Hills…nuff said!

  • Ed

    Gov Dayton, You’re bowing to the big buisness’s of the city of Minneapolis aren’t you? Don’t build another white elephant downtown. Build that stadium at the Arden Hills site. This isn’t about you and the city of Minneapolis, it is about the Viking fans and the state of Minnesota.If you think that putting the stadium downtown is going to be fan and tailgate freindly your wrong. Parking has been a joke downtown for years. The State shutdown last year and now the stadium debacle, you lost any support from me and alot of people in the future.

  • Jason

    Dayton represents big buisness, not his constituents. Fuzzy math will be used to push this stadium down our throats.

  • Jason

    @cco, these usually unimportant polls are boring. Lets poll this stadium nonsense with a yes or no vote!

  • big banjo

    the MAJORITY of the people ARE AGAINST IT…..the city council has a legal obligation to represent and act on behalf of THE MAJORITY…….its a bad idea and the taxpayers are fed up with these “projects” being crammed down our throats that NEVER return a benefit that lowers our taxes, its always rtaise raise raise and yet there has never been a situation where the city has lowered taxes because one of their “projects” is turning a profit…….NO!!!!—-WE DO NOT WANT A NEW STADIUM PAYED FOR WITH TAXPAYER DOLLARS.

    • Boo Hoo

      maybe the majority of “Big Banjo ” players! lmao. Build it already so all these wcco whiners can cry about some other issue….and you know they will

  • let the public vote on it

    If the boo hoos of this world are so secure in their beliefs, why do they oppose a statewide referendum on this issue?

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