Talking Points: Kriesel Says Vikes Stadium Won’t Happen

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After missing a key deadline on Friday, the Vikings Stadium bill is in serious trouble at the legislature.

This week supporters will try to hammer out deals on some of the key sticking points. WCCO’TV’s Esme Murphy looks at how key supporters are not optimistic.

The Vikings have said they want a stadium bill this legislative session, but after the bill missed a key deadline on Friday to get approval by a legislative committee, concerns are growing that the stadium bill simply won’t happen this session.

Stadium backer Republican Rep. John Kriesel of Cottage Grove appeared on WCCO Sunday Morning.

“We are running out of time,” he said. “We should have been at this point weeks ago and then there would be some time to fix these things, I will be supporting but I don’t know if many others will.”

Murphy then asked, “So are you saying you really don’t think this is going to happen?”

Kriesel replied, “I don’t, I don’t unless we really get some things done over the next week.”

The Vikings have repeatedly said they need the legislature to pass a stadium bill this session, but have refused to say what happens if the legislature doesn’t act.

At least for next season, though the Vikes will still be playing in the Dome.

You can watch WCCO Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy at 10 a.m. every Sunday on WCCO-TV.

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