Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Vikings Stadium Debacle

Ruhroh. This is a bad year for Vikings fans. Not only did we win only our first game this past weekend, but it looks like there seems to be even more contention arising over new stadium plans... in a recession.

The Vikings owner, Zygi Wilf, wants to push full-steam ahead on a new stadium while the state is still (understandably) reluctant to move so quickly.

Wilf was armed with a new report that removed some of the doubts about their project as the Vikings pushed their project even harder yesterday. They are still wanting to build a new $1 billion stadium in Arden hills and have legislators take a vote to approve the plan.

Meanwhile, fresh concerns have emerged as well as underlying rallies for a the consideration of a new stadium in Minneapolis instead of the northern suburb.

Govenor Mark Dayton said on record, "I am will to support a stadium in either Arden Hills or Minneapolis, as long as the project's financing is clearly defined and agreed upon." He went on to say the state needed certainties about whether or not there would be a stadium and where it would and would not be located.

With time running out for a special legislative session before the end of the year, it is important that a state funding plan be in place within the next several of weeks. I guess we will know more soon enough.

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