Skip to main content

Dayton, Wilfs hold private meeting to discuss stadium

Just a day after Gov. Dayton said the Metrodome site is the "only viable option" if the team wants a deal in 2012, key lawmakers including the mayor of Minneapolis and others are huddled at the Capitol.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Just a day after Gov. Dayton called the Metrodome site the "only viable option" if the team wants a deal in 2012, the Wilfs, the governor and key lawmakers including the mayor of Minneapolis are huddled at the Capitol, Kare 11 reports.

"This is the first time we've had the chance to sit down with the whole team together," Mayor R.T. Rybak told reporters before walking into the meeting. Rybak said they'll have more to say when the meeting is over:

NBC Sports reports the Vikings owners are "extremely frustrated" with Dayton's push for the Dome site. But Charley Walters at the Pioneer Press cites an inside source who says Wilf might be about to come around to the idea.

The Star Tribune takes a look at a few roadblocks still standing in the way of a Minneapolis stadium. Ted Mondale says new legislation would seek to nullify a charter rule that requires voter approval before the city spends more than $10 million on a sports facility, and lawyers are apparently trying to work around another rule that requires nine City Council votes to sell city land.

If the Vikings do accept a deal to redevelop the Dome site, it will complicate things for youth sports. "Our high schools will have a significant problem in trying to shoehorn into the [TCF Bank] stadium schedule," MSHSL director Dave Stead tells the Pioneer Press.

Next Up

Thai Cultural Council of Minnesota

Minnesota's biggest Thai festival to be hosted in front of State Capitol

The Thai New Year, or Songkran, is one of the most celebrated holidays in Thailand.

police tape, crime scene

Man dies after being shot in the head in St. Cloud

Investigators believe the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle.

USATSI_18349907

Uvalde school massacre: MN Democrats call for action, Republicans prayers

The tragedy in Texas has sparked different reactions from Minnesota's congressional delegation.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

St. Cloud man fires shot at police in hours-long standoff, surrenders

Shawn Lawrence Jacobs, 37, was arrested just before 4 p.m. Tuesday after he surrendered.

New baby zebra at the Como Zoo.

St. Paul's Como Zoo welcomes new baby zebra

The baby is yet to be named, and the zoo is planning an event for visitors to help with the decision.

Screen Shot 2022-05-25 at 11.06.51 AM

Pilfered peony plant prompts police probe

The peony, named Patrick, was taken from Wayzata City Hall gardens.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, May 25

The latest update from the state health department.

280709010_460996515827958_860845154539781131_n

Beloved small town MN baseball field destroyed by severe storm

The mid-May storm system blasted the area with 90+ mph winds.

Ettinger and Finstad

CD-1 Primary: Jeff Ettinger gets DFL nod, Brad Finstad wins GOP vote

Jennifer Carnahan also was on the ballot as a GOP candidate — and fell about 11,000 votes shy of claiming victory.

Screen Shot 2022-05-25 at 8.01.45 AM

6-year-old and his grandparents killed in trailer home fire

"Found among the charred debris were two adults and a child," the sheriff's office said in a release.

Related

Vikings owner emerges from meeting 'optimistic' about Metrodome site

Leaving a three-hour meeting with key lawmakers at the Capitol on Wednesday, Zygi Wilf told reporters he's "optimistic" that a new stadium can be built in Minneapolis where the Metrodome now sits. But Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said the city wouldn't kick in money toward the facility unless the deal includes some financial relief for Target Center.

Vikings, Dayton, Rybak see stadium deal ready within days

The Vikings, Gov. Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak say they are close to reaching a deal. Minnesota Public Radio reports the parties generally agree on how much each will pay but questions remain about operations and construction. Rybak has yet to secure the support of the City Council.

Dayton hopes to convince Wilfs Metrodome site can work for Vikes

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf will sit down for a summit meeting Wednesday with Gov. Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and other key players in the stadium discussion. To date, the Wilfs have turned up their nose at the idea of building a new stadium on the site of the Metrodome -- they prefer a roomier spot in Arden Hills. But Dayton and Friends will try to get them to change their thinking.

Dayton, Mondale pushing Minneapolis to settle on one city stadium site

Both Gov. Mark Dayton and Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chairman Ted Mondale wants the city to select one site. However, Mondale wants the decision by Nov. 29 -- when the state Senate convenes the first of two informational hearings about stadium issues.

NFL chief: Failure to reach stadium deal this session will have 'serious consequences'

Commissioner Roger Goodell is telling Gov. Dayton the state could face "serious consequences" if lawmakers fail to pass a stadium bill during the current session, which is close to over. And Gov. Dayton says the stadium cannot wait until next year.

Dayton doubts latest plan to pay for Vikings stadium

Gov. Dayton said Monday that the latest proposal to cover the state's share of a new Vikings stadium would rely on a form of illegal gambling known as tip boards. "It doesn’t strike me at first glance as a viable option," he said at a Capitol press conference.

After meeting with NFL, state leaders promise one more push for stadium solution

Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders are up for a final push to see if they can piece together an acceptable stadium deal before the current legislative session ends. The effort comes after a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Art Rooney, chief of the league's stadium commission.

Dayton: Vikings stadium deal may not happen until next week, if at all

Governor Mark Dayton won't use the word "optimistic," but he says he's "hopeful" that a Vikings stadium deal gets done soon. But an hour long meeting on Tuesday ended with Dayton saying a deal may not be finalized until next week, if at all. However, Dayton and Vikings' owner Zygi Wilf agree that the "number of issues that remain are limited, and can be overcome if all the parties are willing.”