ST. PAUL (WCCO) — This is a crucial week for the Vikings stadium plans. Gov. Mark Dayton has another meeting on the issue for Monday, and he wants results by the end of the week.

Even though the team has said they’d like to build at the Arden Hills site, there are some possibilities that Minneapolis isn’t quite off the table.

Gov. Dayton will meet with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak at the Capitol on Monday.

A spokesperson for the Mayor says he plans to talk to the Governor about his interest in having a new stadium in Minneapolis if the Arden Hills plan falls through.

Dayton said he wants all stadium ideas written down and given to him by Friday.

His plan is to put a bill together that will include where the stadium will go and who will pay for it. Then Dayton said he’ll give it to lawmakers to debate.

Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch was on WCCO Sunday Morning. She said she wants people to have a chance to decide whether they want to pay for a new stadium.

“I would like to see a referendum on Arden Hills,” she said. “And I would support seeing that referendum on the ballot.”

The Governor plans on taking a couple of weeks to put together a stadium proposal. He’s talked about calling a special session in November.

He wants lawmakers to decide once and for all whether Minnesota will move forward on a new Vikings stadium.

Comments (52)
  1. NO TAX MONEY !!!! DOME IS JUST FINE !!! says:


    1. BUILD IT!!!! says:

      Nice use of caps. Doesn’t make your dull-minded rant valid, though. I can’t wait for this stadium to get started. Here’s to another 50 years of MINNESOTA Viking football. Skol Vikings! – from a true fan.

      1. Jeff says:

        @build it….just how stupid are you? we don not need these losers here anymore. Don’t count on me to spend one red cent to keep them here either. Now go trim that mullet of yours and while you are at it, spruce up the trailer court.

      2. Nina Rhodes says:

        Why would you want to build something else, when the dome is alreay standing? I thought the state was in financial trouble? I can’t afford to go to a game, and I’m not willing to put one dime on the bill. Stop deciding where my tax dollars should go, and put it where it’s originally supposed to go. And stop messing with “the little people”.

        1. jackactionhero says:

          There is no proposed diversion of your tax dollars, that would redirect them to another source other than “where they should go” Nina.

          The “Dome” being standing is not relevant to the discussion. It has already been deemed too out-of-date to be feasible to bring into the 21st century and be on par with other facilities that have been built around the country. Minnesota is not somehow the most broke state in the Union that it is the only one that will sacrifice professional sports to keep the welfare system running.

  2. tbone says:

    I propose a tax to help the homeless, not the rich athletes, let the sports fanatics pay for their own stadium, send my tax dollars to the homeless shelters

  3. PLS says:


  4. KS says:

    Um, there is another story here on WCCO that says that a National Guard troop will be relocating to a site in Arden Hills. Is this the same site that the Vikes want their stadium on? If it is, what are they gonna do, kick the Guard out? Since when are the Vikes more important than our troops?

    1. Mark says:

      KS- the Armory and the National Guard site are not the same place

    2. jackactionhero says:

      KS, you should be embarrassed by your comment. You didn’t think maybe you should google something like that before sounding so completely idiotic? I mean wow.

  5. ray says:

    the public needs its vote and that is NO

    1. Matt says:

      so you want to vote no to the many jobs this will create?

      1. truth says:

        Create jobs? Doesn’t the Dome already have employees? It would temporarily create construction work. If you look it up you will find that none of these stadiums ever pay for themselves in a persons lifetime. A real financial person will tell you this. Arden Hills and the state will be paying long after they have moved on to a new stadium. That is what we need, a building our grandchildren will still be paying for…

        1. Matt says:

          stop focusing just on the stadium… where are people going to eat? where will people get gas? also there is housing that people would like to buy in the area to be closer to the nice new stadium. stop being so limited on your views

  6. JH says:

    Billionaire owners, millionaire players…of all industries to be considered for governmental support, this is not one that should be at the trough…AGAIN.

    Simply put, the State of Minnesota is not financially fit enough to shoulder any of the financial burden of a new stadium, and its mere engagement in such discussions smacks of negligence…after shutting the government down last spring over funding issues, how is it that they’re now ready to participate in something like this?

    Participation in funding a project like this could jeapordize federal funding of other legitimate projects of similar scale that are far more important, and have been waiting much longer (case in point: Stillwater bridge). If Minnesota were to toss money at a stadium, it is a fair for the federal government to be asking if their money is really needed around here.

    Nothing against a new stadium, but again, Billionaire owners, millionaire players…they can afford their own overhead.

    1. We don't have $$ for a new stadium says:

      Yeah, Gov, read the above post and try to let it sink into your brain. Why are you even having the discussion about public funding for a new stadium? The state is still BROKE! What part of “broke” don’t you understand?

      1. Mayhem says:

        If the state was broke in the truest sense of the word, MN wouldnt be handing out welfare to able bodied folks that live both in and out of the state who refuses to put the effort into getting a job yet find it necessary to have 13, 14 kids at a time. Leads me to believe we can afford this stadium too.

        BROKE we are NOT!

  7. tbone says:

    Football is for people who have no life and are desperate for something to talk about, otherwise they would just sit at home alone

    1. Mayhem says:

      ya, whats your point?

      1. tbone says:

        Point is, why should all taxpayers pay for someone to enjoy their meaningless recreation in a new stadium, go swill your beer, and eat your hot dogs at your expense.

    2. TL says:

      you left out, paint faces purple and gold, drink beer, eat tv dinners, wear bbq stained tank tops, cut off jeans, dirty socks, etc etc etc

      sounds like your racing car fans to me………….

      SKOL VIKES!!!!!

  8. Walter says:

    Dayton’s family should be ashamed of him. They were all about helping the poor, not taking from the poor and giving the money to a billionaire.

    He is besmirching the Dayton name.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Helping the poor? Meaning what? You want to take that quarter cent sales tax and throw it at more welfare blacks from Gary, Indiana?

      I suggest you write a personal check, Walter.

  9. Mayhem says:

    I wish all you whining cheapskates would move to Wisconsin and find something to b*tch about over there….since theres really nothing over there to begin with, your fine half cent tax dollars would go to purchase meals-on-wheels for residents on house arrest for their 5th DUI in 6 months or whatever it is.

    Your embarrassing yourselves and the state of MN for god’s sake.

    1. Guy says:

      “your fine half cent tax dollars would go to purchase meals-on-wheels for residents on house arrest for their 5th DUI in 6 months or whatever it is.”

      Sorry – we are not willing to support Viking PLAYERS any more than Viking OWNERS.

      (Just in case you’ve missed all the news about Petersons traffic ticket & Cooks assualt on his gf.)

      1. Mayhem says:

        Petersons traffic tickets….like you’ve never had any, or anyone else on these posts? C’mon, your scratching too hard at the bottom of the barrel to make your point.

        Cant argue about Cook…I agree with you there as well as other players with personality issues off the field.

        But you seem to forget that ballplayers as well as the opponents they play for 3 hrs on a Sunday pay income taxes too to MN….so they will be paying for the stadium as well.

  10. red says:

    sent the VIkes to LA or London! NO NEW STADIUM! THEY HAVE ONE last I checked!

    1. red says:

      EXCUSE THE TYPO! SEND them to LA or London!

  11. Matt says:

    if they leave we lose even more tax money. think of the whole picture people

    1. Hanh says:

      Are you sure about that? Our state is dirt poor, people who usually go to games, some might still be able to go and some won’t. Will the people that still go be able to make up for the cost of the stadium? After that would the state be able to profit or will there be barely enough to cover the cost of maintaining the stadium?

      1. Matt says:

        yes, everytime there is a game played in the state each player from visiting states pay income tax.

        Also those who are working on building the stadium pay income tax because of the jobs created. Also the new other businesses that will be built in the area because of a new stadium will create more jobs and more tax dollars.Stop and think for a little bit. It won’t hurt much

        1. truth says:

          None of these building pay for themselves in a lifetime. Exchange that for your grandchildren still paying for it in 100 years. And how does hiring new employees fix laying off those that already work at the Dome? And how much sense does it make to put it in Arden Hills? Yes, you can build motels and hotels but what happens to the business in Bloomington where the airport actually is? You take away and add, how does that fix the economy? Our government works in the “here and now”, if this weren’t true they would be worried about their children running out of water in the next 30 to 50 years, yes your kids lifetime or grandkids.

          There are states fighting over water right now because it is scarce. Scary.

          1. Matt says:

            other businesses would pay to build their own buildings.

            1. truth says:

              You are still taking jobs away from those those that currently have jobs and again, why do my children and grandchildren, or anyone elses for that matter want to pay for a building that will be obsolete in 25 years?

              Our government can fix bridges and get people back to work with this money. What happens when another bridge collapses? It could be one of your family members on that bridge.

              None of it particularly makes sense in the economic state this country is in.

              1. truth says:

                I should add “it could be one of my family members or even a neighbor” so as not to pinpoint, sorry about that.

                I just think we could be creating jobs that make MN a safer place to be. There are cities hiring security guards instead of police and police and firemen being laid off. It is a sad trade to build a stadium instead.

                1. Matt says:

                  if they leave we would have even less money. and those same employees that would lose their jobs would still lose their jobs

                2. Norm says:

                  Time to face the music armed with this great inftormaion.

      2. jackactionhero says:

        No. Our state is NOT dirt poor. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

    2. Walter says:

      If they generated so much money, why isn’t THAT money used to build a stadium?

      Because it’s a net lose. When money is extracted from the economy and given to billionaires, the sectors the money was extracted from become depressed and those jobs are lost, those tax revenues are lost.

      You need to take economics 1001.

      1. Matt says:

        for them its a net loss. for the State of Minnesota it isn’t because it creates so many jobs that pay taxes. You ned to take economics 10001

        1. Earthman says:

          Yeah but if you’re using taxpayer money to create jobs then the tax money collected from those new jobs is just reducing a smidget of what the actual net cost is to the taxpayers to begin with… and if that’s the model you want to follow then it makes more sense to create jobs that more benefit the state’s safety of roads and bridges. Unless the state is granted partial ownership of the team for their contribution and is guaranteed profit sharing in return, paying for a stadium is an overall bad investment for taxpayers.

      2. jackactionhero says:

        I have an economics degree, Walter. Do you?

        And you keep stating lies. Why is that? No money will be “extracted” from the economy and given to billionaires.

        Why do you insist on telling lies to sway people? Can’t do it on the merits of your arguments? (obviously)

        1. You tell 'em smart guy says:

          Oh dear Lord, people are awfully tired of all your posts Mr. Know It All. For the amount of intelligence you display on here, your degree must have come with a bell and whistle from the CrackerJack box.

          Why don’t you have another beer and go practice your tailgating.

  12. Frank Lobe says:

    The state is in the red, we can’t balance our budget, our citizens are forced to do without and THEY want to subsidize a non citizen billionaire and cry baby millionaire players. Let them move to LA.

    1. Mayhem says:

      you forgot cats and dogs are living together, antelopes and lions are marrying, rats are finding cures for diseases in sewer lines, doctors and lawyers are now operating pro bono, etc etc etc

      Geez, if youre gonna try to make a point….really get it out there……..

      SKOL VIKINGS!!!!

    2. jackactionhero says:

      Frank, not one thing you just said is true, so why did you bother commenting at all?

  13. Earthman says:

    If Ziggy wants to BORROW money from MN taxpayers I’m all for that. Tax us now and once the profits start rolling in we can collect our payback, with interest. There, problem solved, now get it done.

  14. just sayin says:

    I will say it again, RACINO, RACINO, RACINO. It is a viable solution. Let’s quit this nonsense about creating more gambling when it already exists in that building. Let’s get it done. No new taxes needed with this solution. Come on people jump on the bandwagon.

    1. TL says:

      That is another good idea, I’d be for that too.

      Funny though…..the whiners dont want to pay tax on a stadium….but theyll wasted thousands of dollars a month or a year, probably more, gambling it away anyways. And who does THAT benefit?????

  15. TW says:

    What does the one-term Gov Dayton mean by a “People’s Stadium”? Does it mean the taxpayers will benefit and recover money spent on a new stadium? I recall the Polads’ were given all the benefits of the Twins Stadium for all non-baseball events that may be held there. Is that a people’s stadium?

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