Block E casino supporters tell Dayton: Help us build a casino, we'll help you build a stadium

A group lobbying to put a casino in downtown Minneapolis says they would set aside some revenue to help build a new home for the Vikings. Meanwhile NFL vice president Eric Grubman says he understands the state is struggling with its budget, but now is the time for Minnesotans to decide if it's worth keeping the team. Gruban warns that other cities are waiting to snatch the Vikings away.
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Block E casino supporters say, if the state lets them put a casino downtown, they'll set aside revenue to help build a new home for the Vikings.

Meanwhile, NFL officials in town to talk with Dayton about the stadium say they'll pitch in $100 million to $150 million.

Under a tentative agreement for a new stadium in Arden Hills, the Minnesota Vikings would contribute at least $407 million, Ramsey County would fund $350 million -- largely through a countywide sales tax increase -- and the state would add $300 million toward the $1.1 billion facility.

In a press conference after meeting with the governor, NFL vice president of finance Eric Grubman says he understands the state is struggling with its budget, but says now is the time for Minnesotans to decide if it's worth keeping their professional football team. Grubman also warned that the franchise is ripe for another city's choosing if the Legislature drops the ball in the coming weeks.

The ultimatum comes a day after Dayton announced his plan to call a legislative special session by Nov. 21 -- with or without a stadium plan in place -- and have things wrapped up by Thanksgiving. But the Star Tribune reports lawmakers want to know what proposal they’ll be asked to vote on.

MPR reports state lawmakers will have to make several difficult decisions -- among them is how the state finances its portion of the stadium and whether the stadium should be built in Arden Hills or in Minneapolis.

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