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.

Pat Kessler

Comments (110)
  1. delbert says:

    This sounds like another manipulation of the facts in order to keep this ridiculous issue at the top of the news.

    We are counting on the Minneapolis City Council members to have a majority of SANE people who are listening to their constituents and will not support a stadium without a referendum.

    Even more so, we are counting on enough legislators to have a sufficient amount of common sense and morals to refuse to allow any public money go to subsidize this private enterprise owned by an out of state billionaire.

    1. Jake says:

      If you are counting on the voters to hold politicians responsible for their stupidity and corruption you may be disappointed.

      The four sleazeball commissioners who betrayed the people of Hennepin County got re-elected.

      The system isn’t working.

    2. No sheep here says:

      Dayton wants a stadium and like any dem he’s going to take money from the poor to get it. Can anyone tell me how his speech got so slurred? It’s scary to think people are dumb enough to vote for someone like this!!!

  2. Bill says:

    In other words, once again democracy is foiled in Minnesota.

    This is disgraceful. The politicians are simply robbing the people and giving the money to billionaires.

    1. Mayhem says:

      ya, like that’d be a first in ANY state. Its also done on the federal level….some call it “tax breaks.”

      Welcome to politics n America!


      1. Chigger Swatter says:

        I’m happy it is getting done but also agree that the manner they doing it is PATHETIC.
        So I guess when the Museum of MN or Como Park or MN Zoo wants $600 M or more we all have to say good to that too using this as the example.
        Damn shame people have no input on things that means a damnmmmm.
        Time to stop filing a tax return I guess. 🙂

        1. jackactionhero says:

          I have no problem giving pull tab revenue to the Zoo.

          Do you?

  3. The Editor says:

    Which council members decided to betray the people?

    What caused them to cave in?

    Fine reporting here.

    1. Fred says:

      they aren’t betraying me. I support them 100% now that they back this plan.

      1. V says:

        You really like the word ‘schmuck’, don’tcha? You know… your mom goes by the same title, “Party Time”, on Craigslist.

      2. NoTaxPayerFunding says:

        OK Fred get out your wallet and pay for the whole thing then. Don’t pass it on to the taxpayers.

        1. jackactionhero says:

          Did you mean to say “don’t pass it on to the pull tab players”?

  4. Ipmutt says:

    OK, if they want it in MPLS, have them pay for it. Do not involve any state money.

    1. sellouts says:

      I don’t want it at all but I agree, if it gets shoved up you know where, Minneapolis – ESPECIALLY right where the dome already is – has to be the dumbest place in the whole state to put it. The ONLY plus is it’s on the light rail.

      Well, to all the wanna be drunken tailgaters — have fun with your $50 4×4′ spot in the parking ramp. Enjoy – ROFLMAO!!!!!

      1. Lars Penus says:

        Tailgating for us football lovers is so cool.
        I gets me a big honking drunky every time. I like ….. really like

    2. V says:

      OH… I bet you feel differently when it comes to state money paying for your little Mayberry. Pull state money from your little dump and see what happens.

  5. hose the people of MN says:

    Rybak, Johnson, Hofstede, Quincy, Tuthill, Samuels, Roy, and Mr. Wishy-Washy himself, Reich.

    We can thank them for perpetrating the largest sellout in history of the people of Minnesota.

    Maybe an Easter miracle will come and enough members of the legislature will see this for the robbery it is and refuse to allow the state of Minnesota to be involved with any aspect of owning or paying for a stadium.

  6. DougT says:

    I think that minnesota will not fall off the map without a “professional” football team….

    But dont cha think that IF the people really wanted this – it would have happened a long time ago? – its taking this long because they know we dont and they still are worming their way towards it…….

    1. Fred says:

      don’t speak for me Doug – i want it and there really is no money out of your pocket if gambling is used to pay for it.

    2. Gordon says:

      There was a lease in place thus no real need to build a stadium. Polling and Arbitron surveys of media usage would tell you that the Vikings are very popular. This may be one of the few cases where the city and state got as much as they could out of a pro sports team. The simple minded conservatives like yourself would do well to learn how to think for yourselves rather than listen to radio or faux for how to think

  7. Jason says:

    Voice your opinoin to your reps. weekly. I do. After all they are to represent your ideas. I must say something of this size should be put to a referendum. Thanks in advance for allowing this to be posted.

    1. Mayhem says:

      ya, voice your opinion…weekly, daily, yearly, monthly, decadily, centurily…etc, etc

      if they were listening to your weekly rants….this wouldn’t be an issue today now would it…? Theoritically speaking anyways…

      Your wasting your time. They represent your ideas alright.


      1. Brother Rascal says:

        “Your” wasting your time?

        Ahhhh, the uneducated rally to hand their peanuts to the big out of state elephant. The “alpha elephant” to whom all beer guzzling fools pay homage.

        What him laugh all the way to his bank … ROFLMAO!

        p.s. “You’re” going to be buying your overpriced beer from Zygi … more ROFLMAO!

        1. Mayhem says:

          “What him laugh all the way to his bank”

          your a complete dumb arse……ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          I WATCH the games at home….no worries for me……ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Liquid Nails says:

    Once the stadium is constructed and that part of Minneapolis is reinvigorated, all you righteous people will hopefully fade away.
    Of course the whole situation is not perfect, but I am glad that some of you people were not around when other great investments were made in our city over the years.

    1. SticksIsForHicks says:

      Forgot your medication again, eh?
      I smell someone who was picked last at kickball as a child.

      1. ughChaUghCha says:

        LoL wooohooo I can’t wait to watch a game!

        1. Clint's loaded for the hunt says:

          I can’t either — Packers 48 – Purple Jailbirds 10
          Cheers losers

          1. ClassicWIeducation says:

            You live in Wisconsin. You forfeit your right to call anyone else a loser.

          2. Mayhem says:

            Like that win did your team any good.

            “Purple Jailbirds????”

            I seem to recall one of the fudge-packer linemen arrested for beating up his g/f or wife a week or so before the playoff game they miserably and embarrasingly lost.

            Folks who live in glass houses….blah, blah, blah………….

            1. Party Time says:

              Haaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaa
              They have issues too – like the Purple.
              Do they rob the tax payers blind ???
              And they kick some smelly purple butts too.
              I’d personally fund the Packers. Any time of day. Nice to pay for something you actually own now, isn’t it.
              You little boys planning to go shine Wilf’s shoes in NY this summer ???
              I hear he tips a buck … hope that was with a b

    2. ulip says:

      Like that awesome pedestrian bridge that is falling apart after 5 years?

      1. V says:

        Yep… Thought so. Retired residents of Wayzata Bay are so prone to using the acronym “LMFAO”. Quit skipping school, junior.

  9. Louis de Pitera says:

    This is a disgrace to the people of Minnesota.

    1. Ray says:

      And you sir are a disgrace to the same state. I hope you don’t have any relatives who need work…but you wouldn’t understand that concept I’m sure.

      1. Louis de Pitera says:

        I can think of a lot more projects that would put people to work and benefit all of Minnesota. This project is an outrage!

      2. Barb says:

        Publicly financed stadiums are are an economic loss which means FEWER jobs.

        Sorry to contradict your lies with the truth.

        Don’t take my word for it, Google: publicly financed stadiums.

        1. Ryan says:

          ya Babs, we’ve been over the economic loss thing several million times since this issue began….its been proven to be not entirely true those same several million times over no matter how many times its googled.

          Now, go back into the kitchen and stick something in the oven, make some coffee or something and let the boys handle this….emmmm-kaaaay?

          1. Gunnar says:

            What an asinine statements by Ryan.

            1. Jeff says:

              It’s apropos that Ryan makes ASSinine comments.

              He doesn’t have any rational arguments so he simply lashes out like all intellectually challenged little wieners do.

              1. Ryan says:

                Ya ok, Dr. Phil…..couldn’t spell “appropriate” huh?

                Guess they need to divert some welfare cash to some education for yourself, eh?

        2. jackactionhero says:

          Barb, that is not relevant to the situation.

          1. Ryan says:

            Did you mean relevant to the issue?

            1. jackactionhero says:

              No. Did you?

              1. Ryan says:

                ya, Im sure you didnt…..

                if youre going to be on the word and spelling correction police squad….you should probably use words in its correct context yourself before you judge others.

                1. jackactionhero says:

                  I meant it exactly as I stated it. There was no correction required.

                  I’m not on the “word and spelling correction police squad” and didn’t know there was one. Are you the founding father?

                  How much time are you willing to commit to trying to find fault in my post (that doesn’t exist) in order to insult me? Just curious, because it already seems excessive.

                2. Ryan says:


                  Oh, I have no doubt you did mean it, however correction was required.

                  I usually take a little time every once in awhile to point out when someone, such as yourself, is being hypocritical. I read several of your posts on this and other issues.

                  If you chose to live in denial so be it…but people are watching you and what you chose to post reflects on your intelligence…..just keep that in mind.

                3. jackactionhero says:

                  Again, no correction was required. Her statement about how publically financed stadiums don’t make us all rich was not relevent to the situation at all.

                  You see, the words “situation” and “issue” are interchangeable there.

  10. big banjo says:

    who are the members who hve betrayed the people?….THE MAJORITY of citizens are against this insanity and yet these clowns on the city council betray their obligation to represent the majority….so what if it creates jobs….that is not what i am paying taxes for…..we taxpayers are SICK AND TIRED OF OUR TAX BASE BEING SQUANDERED AND SPENT FOOLISHLY TO THE TUNE OF TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS……just because this proposal will create jobs is not a valid reason to vote for this—that council person is weak and a sellout…….i am sick of NEVER seeing a benefit to the significantly increased taxes that i have been paying….JUST SICK OF IT.

    1. Mayhem says:

      Well then move to Iowa…theres nothing there to pay for.

      By the way….cite where your information regarding “a majority of citizens are against this insanity….” came from. Although I have an idea…….

      Hope your turlet wasnt clogged after you flushed.

    2. Ray says:

      Party Time. If a referendum were used for the Twins new home, that team would be somewhere else, with thousands of jobs not filled by Minnesotans. Methinks you’re the gutless and chit less wonder here. We voted in politicians to do the job! Thank God they are on their way there. Go take your meds.

    3. Ray says:

      “the MAJORITY”…what did you do ..go door to door in your worthless dreams!

    4. jackactionhero says:

      Why would your taxes increase? Are you dense or something?

  11. Show me the money says:

    I want a full investigation of all of these people’s personal lives and finances. Almost all were opposed to city funding for a stadium and then suddently seven are for it. Only one thing can change a mindset faster than sex, that being money. I want to know what these sevean all received to change their minds.

    1. ulip says:

      I would guess 6 out of the 7 signed only if there is a referendum. Dayton is just leaving out that number to make it look like everyone is on board.

      1. Patty says:


        That makes sense. Maybe they are just testing the water to see how people respond to being ripped off.

  12. Howard Gottlieb says:

    Funding sports stadiums always sounds sexier in theory than reality turns out to be. Just ask the residents of Arlington Texas who increased their sales tax for years to make Jerry Jones a richer man.

    Howard Gottieb

  13. Sameoldthing says:

    Dayton’s up to his old tricks again. He’s going to get his new staduim or pitch a fit and blame the republicans for not giving him and his rich cronies what they demand.

  14. republican says:

    A temporary construction job for 50% white, 50% illegals, and none for Indians and Blacks.

    1. Brother Rascal says:

      What? No jobs for the blacks?

      I am outraged. Call Al Sharpton to be offended for me! And Jesse Jackson to organize a riot for me.

      I need to go have another beer then go to bed and rest while I wait for my new $3.75/hour job working for Zippy at the new temple.

  15. V says:

    Who got that stadium built over there in St. Paul? What was his name again? What party was he with? Hmmmmmmmmm.

  16. ulip says:

    Temporary jobs. And knowing how smart the people involved in this seem to be it will probably be an out of state construction company doing the work…

  17. keel says:

    the fix was in from the beginning…that’s how government works…I think it’s a waste of taxpayer money…certainly in the out years when the maintenance and operating costs come due…but…having season tickets from 1961 through 1991 and being disappointed over and over…I don’t care what they do.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      What taxpayer money?

      Being disappointed means MN shouldn’t have an NFL presence? That’s a bit myopic isn’t it?

  18. V says:

    Keel…. I’m a season ticket holder as well. No.. not a face-painter. Just someone who enjoys professional sports as a form of entertainment. What so many of these rubes don’t understand is that we’re NOT building a stadium FOR Zygi Wilf. We’re building it for the entity that is the MN Vikings, in addition to other sporting (and non-sporting) events. It’s called being a major metropolitan marketplace. Nobody… NOBODY wants to spend tax dollars outside their little bubble. But we ALL do it. Public parks, swings, tennis courts, basketball courts, arts, etc. etc. etc. These are the things that separate well-run cites from those who choose NOT to pay attention to them. Professional sports IS a huge factor when it comes to the identity of a community, state and region. Again… you don’t have to LIKE it… but should I want to pay for new basketball courts at the local park? I don’t play. Hockey rinks and skating parks? Not to mention education costs that are passed on to those in a community, whether they have kids or not. The ONLY reason this is a hot topic is because it’s news, and the players (the decision makers) are high profile. If people were given the forum (or worse yet) a referendum on such topics… NOTHING would ever get done. It’s that simple.

    1. Ryan says:

      Well lil’ girl, you are engagin in pointing out the obvious.

      Thats American politics, welcome to America. How do you think billionaires become billionaires…US…and I dont mean the United States.

      You should probably go back into the kitchen and let the men argue the points on this issue. If we need something obvious pointed out again, we’ll call ya…eeeeemmmmmmm-kaaaaaaaay?

      women ——>kitchen ——-> bedroom ——-> babies ——-> repeat as needed.

    2. john doe says:

      V Im with you on this one. I send my kids to a private school but still pay taxes for our local schools and parks.

    3. h says:

      V you are 100% right on this one. I have stated the same thing on other message boards where we all are taxed for things we do not use or like. Some people just do not understand and they never will.

      1. tan pup says:

        need we be reminded that the state owes the public and the districts who pay taxes for those schools almost as much money as that stadium will cost. And I noticed no one is saying boo about that – I mean in the sense of finding ways of repaying and supporting the future education of our kids – Public and privately educated.OBTW, the private schools do get the student allotment paid for by the state through taxes for each child which attends a private school. The state does not pay for administrative and other costs associated with running that school compared to public schools.

  19. Bud says:

    Just getter done!!

    1. Bud says:

      I just read my post and realize how stupid and vapid it is.

      I apologize.

  20. John says:

    Glad to see this is going to get done as well as getting people back to work. SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!!

    1. V says:

      Jason…. your English teacher called… she wants to change your grade. Good Lord, where did you people go to school?

      1. Jason says:

        @ v, okay my sentence structure leaves could use some work. Now what about the subject?

    2. Sal says:

      @John, publicly financed stadiums are a net economic loss. It will mean fewer jobs in the long run.

      Why do you want your taxes raised (yes they will be raised), given to the billionaire Piggy Wilf when it will result in FEWER jobs for Minnesotans?

      Are you stupid?

  21. Brett says:

    Grab your ankles, Minneapolis, once again. I won’t be spending my money there, especially downtown, home of the highest sales taxes in the NATION.

  22. The Editor says:

    “Not all council members support building with no referendum.”

    Lousy reporting. Do the majority support a referendum…yes or no?

    The people are saying NO. Loudly and clearly….NO!

    1. Mayhem says:

      Well, YOU are saying NO anyways…who are these “people” that you claim are saying “no?”

      1. Rasputin says:

        Why do you keep repeating your lies? It’s not working and it makes you look really bad.

        “Would you favor or oppose using public money for a new Viking’s stadium?”

        Favor: 22%
        Oppose: 74%
        Don’t know: 4%

        1. Mayhem says:

          You apparently missed the poll from last Friday in which 1000 folks were asked the same question:

          Thats around 200 more that were asked in your Strib poll from months ago.

          Update your news source so that folks like Susan, who apparently depend on other peoples outdated misinformation without doing research herself, doesnt sound like an idiot.

          1. William says:

            No details about what was asked or who was asked.

            That poll is a sham. It was conducted by people trying to take your money. Quit being such a gullible sap and wise up.

            When scammers are trying to take your money they lie.

            1. Mayhem says:

              Well Willy, click on the link provided you and read the article yourself, genius.

              Most polls are shams. Funny you didnt mention the Strib poll as being a sham as well….probably because youre opinion is represented and agree with it. It was conducted by people who whine, kick and scream like 2 yr olds when they have to pay for something they dont want.

              I dont want alot of things this state pays for but I’m intelligent enough about politics to know that being a whiner accomplishes nothing and I’m going to pay for it whether I want to or not.

              So educate yourself in the world of politics and quit being so naive.

              When scammers are trying to take your money they lie…..thats called being a POLITICIAN.

              SKOL VIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!

          2. Andrew says:

            If that poll is honest, then the stadium supporters would be demanding a referendum….right?

            Are the supporters demanding a referendum…well?

            Either the poll is a sham or they would be demanding a referendum.

            You are not a very good liar.

            1. Mayhem says:

              I personally could give a rats patoey if theres a referendum or not.

              Until they put welfare on a ballot….I’m supporting a stadium where I dont mind my tax money going to pay for.

              By the way, how am I lying….I simply countered a poll taken months ago with another poll taken last Friday….apparently people are changing their tune on this issue.

              You are not a very good reader.

              1. Mayhem says:

                OMG. I just spent a few minutes thinking about his and yes, they ARE trying to rip us off!

                How could I have been so gullible and naive?

                Hey Piggy WIlf, pay for your own stadium you leech!

        2. jackactionhero says:

          What public money is the proposal saying will be used? Do you even know?

          1. Mayhem says:

            Using gambling money to fund the stadium hasnt been set in stone, jackaction.

            They cant even agree on what method of gambling even to be used.

            Until then, I think its safe to presume public tax money will be used.

            1. jackactionhero says:

              “Until then”? You are PRESUMING tax money will be used, although the proposal does not have it in there, eh? Can I ask why?

              Pull tab revenue. That doesn’t seem very vague to me. Does it to you?

              1. Mayhem says:

                it seems (to me anyways) youre implying that gambling income has already been decided on as a method to pay for this stadium. It is my understanding that while it is still on the table to be considered, so is public money in the form of creative taxes.

                If republicans cant even make up their minds about what form of gambling should be used to fund this, which to the rest of us is a no brainer, its looking more like taxes of some kind will be used instead.

                In short, the gambling proposal is still out there obviously…but so is taxes.

        3. mis-informed says:

          You people just don’t get it. If public money is used everyone is against it. But there is not going to be public money used. Pull tabs are what are being used. But you people would rather use your tax money to pay for the Arts.

          1. Andrew says:

            Pull tab money IS public money.

            It’s money the state collects. If they give it to Piggy Wilf, then that lost revenue has to be made up else where.

            Why should the state collect money and give it to Wilf?

            1. Mayhem says:

              uummmmm…so we can build a stadium?

              are you paying attention or what?

              anyways, pulltabs are CHOICES people make to play to raise money.

              Dont play…simple solution for ya.

  23. lol says:

    This stadiuim is oing o be built! And no amount of crying from those against it is going to stop it. I can’t wait

    1. Stephen says:

      Yes and gullible fools like you who have not idea what is really going on will pay for it.

      Why does being robbed make you happy?

      1. jackactionhero says:

        Stephen, what makes you think you’re the only one who knows what’s going on?

        Pull tab revenue. It is clearly stated. Why does being unable to read make you happy?

        1. Stephen says:

          You obviously don’t know what is going on. You are being ripped off and don’t even know it.

          Read the other post about pull tab money being public money.

          I get that you want Zygi Wilf to bend you over and have his way with you, but the vast majority don’t go that way.

  24. Rasputin says:

    Why didn’t RT Rybak announce this?

    Why was it Dayton?

    Someone is lying and trying to steal money from the taxpayers.

    1. Mayhem says:

      Why didnt you announce it?

      Maybe youre trying to hide something.

      Check any “current” polls lately?

      1. Moe says:

        What is wrong with you?
        Why do you feel Zygi is entitled to our money?
        Does your mom know you are using her computer?

        1. jackactionhero says:

          What money of yours would go to Zygi Wilf under the proposal?

          Besides $0 of course…

        2. Mayhem says:

          Whats wrong with me? Well lets see….having to share oxygen with morons such as yourself and lets see, what else….oh….having to put up with republicans running for office and voting.

          That about covers that.

          I also felt the Pohlads were entitled to my money…..and Target Field was born. I enjoy seeing an outdoor baseball game every so often as well as football.

          I also apparently feel that abled bodied poor people deserve my money too in the form of welfare, whether or not they live in MN, that I dont recall having a say in. Go figure…I’m extremely generous arent I?!

          Is your chin strap tightened enough to keep that helmet on your head while you type your drivel?

          1. Moe says:

            I get it. What’s wrong with you is that you are stupid.

            Fair enough.

            1. Mayhem says:

              I disagree…I believe there are plenty of things you dont get…you advertise well.

              1. Mayhem says:

                I just farted. Sorry.

  25. Mark says:

    No matter what the people say Politicians will do what they want just like they always do. I thought we elected them to work for us to support the peoples wishes and not therer political goals and agenda’s but it will never change. I say we fire them all from the president down and sart from scratch we cold not do any worse.

    1. politicianSUX says:

      Mark, Just because they are doing something you do not want, then they are not doing the will of the people? You seem to think that your opinion is the will of the people and maybe it is not. I do not want any illegals kept in this country including “anchor babies” and there is significant support for my position, yet they are not rounding up all the illegals and kicking them out. I do not want Social security given to people that are not born here and never paid in, yet they still collect. I want congress to enact no law that does not or only pertains to themselves, yet they have special priviledge. Where is my will of the people?

      1. mis-informed says:

        Well said. My thoughts exactly.

  26. Vote Roy OUT says:

    Since Mpls will be paying for this, and apparently not the rest of the state, the name of the team MUST be changed.

    The Minneapolis Vikings.

    And that rat of a city council person Roy is leading the charge. I hate now living in district 12. We are going to vote her OUT!