By Pat Kessler

By Pat Kessler, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you look at the Metrodome today, you may think not much has changed since the collapse during December’s blizzard. But behind the scenes, there’s a lot of activity.

Vikings officials toured the Dome Friday, and Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Ted Mondale as his “point man” for a new stadium.

Mondale is no stranger to hard-ball politics, and he said Governor Dayton wants to pass a Vikings stadium this year.

“My appointment shows that hopefully he is serious about this,” said Mondale.

But along with a crisis-level budget deficit, a new Vikings stadium could be the most challenging political Rubik’s cube of the year — something Mondale says should already be done.

“The previous governor never was ever clear on what he would or wouldn’t sign. In fact, we wouldn’t be standing here today if the previous governor would have gotten involved at all,” said Mondale.

But a new Vikings stadium is not the only challenge for the sports commission. The collapse of the Metrodome roof represents a financial and political problem, too

The Sports Facilities Commission said the cables supporting the Teflon roof appear to be in good, working condition. And 10 separate roof panels are getting tested now to determine how extensive repairs will be or if the entire roof needs to be replaced.

“If there is a fix in which we, the Vikings, the Vikings fans, and all the other users of the stadium, can have confidence, then we can have people coming back in here and using it, then that would be our ultimate goal,” said Bill Lester with the Sports Facilities Commission.

Mondale says the collapse shows how valuable a stadium roof is and a new Vikings stadium must have one.

“The bill — if it passes to get the Governor’s signature — it going to have to fit the definition of what he calls ‘a people’s stadium,'” said Mondale.

A spokesman for the Vikings called Mondale an “excellent choice.”

In a statement, the team said, “We trust him, have worked with him, and respect his record of success in public service and the private sector.”

Comments (24)
  1. tiredandretired says:


    1. Steven Broll says:

      This post is pure arrogance. Look into the subject matter before running your mouth. Here are a few facts for you, on why we need this stadium.

      The construction of a new stadium will support approximately 13,000 jobs, including 7,500 construction and trades workers who will be employed during the three-year building process.

      Over $286 million will be directed toward wages from 7,500 construction jobs.

      — 286 Million dollars into the economy. Yeah, that sounds terrible? More jobs and more money, equals more homes bought and more things purchased. Whoever says dont spend money is this kind of economy is a wack job. The only way we are going to get out of this, is if we spend money but spend it on things that will bring a bigger return. Also called, a good investment.

      Upon completion of the stadium, 3,400 full and part-time jobs will be supported by the economic activity generated by a new stadium.

      95% of the total materials and labor subcontract value ($754 million) will go to Minnesotans. The Building & Construction Trades Council is experiencing nearly 20% unemployment; this project will have a significant impact on putting these construction workers back to work.

      The economic activity from a new stadium will generate over $21 million per year in tax revenue ($3 million more than the $18 million currently generated by the Vikings each year) and over $145 million in direct spending by Vikings fans inside the State of Minnesota.

      All sounds like a GOOD THING for Minnesota to do! Like ALL investments, there are upfront costs. You have to look at the big picture in ANY investment. The vikings have no problem selling out games either. Once we can get a solid QB in, we are fit to become a dynasty.

      Once again, please do research before blindly commenting on a topic.


  2. Nina says:

    I love how they are even talking about a damn new stadium!! All the debt that our government makes. and we pay for it!

    1. Denny says:

      I had to move over to Hayward WI to get behind a winning team. If, in 50 years they could win a Superbowl, They don’t deserve a new Stadium. I still own a house in MN, but don’t want to pay taxes for a bunch of losers. They even bring over the QB in Football and turn him into a loser. AND NOW you got a XSenator That is a Loser for your Governor. Oh and by the way, i except for the Twins, has there been other Teams have WON anything in that state. Wild, Wolves,Gopher, Etc. Why do you settle for Seconds

  3. dont be dumb says:

    quit whining. We are getting a new stadium, like it or not. I Like it 🙂

    1. Big Dog says:

      Your not getting a stadium. I like that

  4. Let the Vikings Walk says:

    Like I said Dayton is 2 faced when he was running he said that a stadium was not a prioirty that the econamy and the huge deficet was now the stadium is prioirty #1. Let the vikings owner build there own stadium and not screw the mn people.

  5. CHUCK says:


    1. Puck Chuck says:

      Let Wilf pay 100% then who else gets to use the stadium? The state of Minnesota would have to pay Wilf (TAX DOLLARS) to use it for other events, such has high school sports. Or, have the state of MN pitch 2/3 of the cost of a new stadium then make Wilf pay the state to use it! What is so hard to understand about this?

  6. Chuck a Puck says:

    OK Chuck, we will play hardball and tell them damn Vikings to leave!!! yeah, you tell em Chuck. Then we can open our pocketbooks some more and pay the gaping hole of taxes missing from the state, yeah chuck, you heard me. somebody is going to have to make up for all that lost revenue that the Vikings bring in!!!! are you a smart man chuck?? I think you should be the leader chuck, i think you should lead us to the promised land. are you serious right now???

  7. mark from says:

    We were think that the State of Minnesota should read this;
    That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

    1. The person who cannot STAND Mark from says:

      Hey Mark from, please check for grammatical and spelling errors before posting your comments from now on. We’d take you more seriously if you could type English.

      1. mark from says:

        Do you even know where I got this?

  8. Sharon says:

    Please, let the teams who play in it pay for it. Why do all of Minnesota’s taxpayers have to pay? It’s hard enough just putting food on the table!!!

  9. Men or Boys says:

    The stadium is a symbol of power and masculinity in IMHO, neither which we will have soon, if we can not balance our budget. How can the men in this state provide for their families and the community and keep their pride and joy?

  10. Public schools are closing says:

    There are Public schools are closing in the souther suburbs and the republican lawmaker has the gall to introduce a bill to build a stadium so Wilff can look big an cool with his other NFL billionaire owner’s persona. What part of NO! tax money for a stadium doesn’t the legislature understand. Its a fairly simple subject.

    Notice the media only presents one side of the stadium drama. The media do NOT wan to loose one of their most important revenue steams. When do i ask? When has the local media reported a story or hosted someone who is against the stadium in their studio? Their totally BIAS. NO tax money for profitable private enterprise that pay a hand full of employees tens of millions in yearly contract, an on the flip side pay a handful of employees near minimum wage.

    Hey channel 5, where’s your investigations on tracking you tax money, the stadium is a classic example of it. January 13, 2011

    Vikings: We’ll pay one-third of roofless stadium cost, not a dime more.

  11. Prestod says:

    Does everyone realize that we already subsidize many of our corporations here in Minnesota? They don’t build those huge buildings and campuses with their own profit. If you want to tell the government to stop spending money on millionaires, than start with General Mills or Honeywell. At least we can enjoy some fun while the big corps keep laying us off!

  12. Tom says:

    Make it simple. Pay for a new Viking stadium with 1/3 from the Vikings, 1/3 from MN run gambling like slots at the race track and 1/3 from big business and those who benefit most from the Vikings and Twins. No tax payer funds required.

  13. Tax Payers are being scammed says:

    Big companies provide many, many, more jobs perhaps in the thousands when all are combined. Where as the the Queens pay a hand full of employees tens of millions of dollars a years and a handful of employees a wage just over minimum wage. Willf want tax payers to fund his stadium so he can go play with his billionaire NFL owners club. The NFL and Media who sponsors the NFL have more then enough cash to pay for the entire stadium. TO TAX MONEY FOR A PRIVATE PROFITABLE ENTERPRISE that pays its its employees tens of millions a year when the stadium is financed on tax payers backs. January 13, 2011

    Vikings: We’ll pay one-third of roofless stadium cost, not a dime more.

    1. mark from says:

      @Tax Payers are being scammed please email me, I would like to talk with you

      1. Pantywaste says:

        Hey Pantywaste, get a life or at least run for public office so people can laugh at you as they did to Tarol Clark

  14. Jodi says:

    There is more to a well planned stadium than the construction costs. I think a decent cash flow analysis would help all the emotions around this issue. Flow the financing, then feather in the numerous revenue sources. Some are direct inflows, others have more assumptions built in. But, I think we will find that a stadium is not a multi- million dollar black hole. Let’s talk about the complete picture and not the $750M price tag.

  15. Big Dog says:

    The Vikings don’t deserve a new stadium. 50 years in Minnesota with no super bowl championship banners. They have not seen a super bowl in 35 years. They need to win a super bowl before they start whining about a new over priced stadium.

  16. mike says:

    With all the back and forth here about giving millions to another billionaire why don’t the polititians put this thing on a referendum for the voters to decide. I don’t think this will happen however because they know that the majority will not approve it.

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