Dayton Announces Mpls. City Council Support For Stadium

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ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Monday morning that the majority of the Minneapolis City Council now supports building a new stadium for the Vikings.

The support comes after some resistance from certain members of the council.

Now, there are seven council members that have signed letters to support the construction of a new football stadium, though the council members all signed different letters that do not necessarily agree to the same terms.

Not all council members support building with no referendum.

Pat Kessler reported the support comes very late in the current legislative session. The bill on the table to build a new stadium at the current Metrodome site has stalled as of late.

Dayton suggested that it is now a question of whether Republican leaders at the Minnesota Capitol want to make this happen.

Council member Don Samuels — who was wearing a hard hat at the press conference — said one of the reasons he supports the stadium plan is because Minnesotans are desperate to work, and the project would create jobs.

Click here to see all of the council member letters.

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