Minneapolis and Ramsey County must have their Vikings stadium plans complete by next week. WCCO reports Governor Mark Dayton wants the fully developed proposals on his desk including financing and advantages one site has over another.
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Dayton: All current stadium plans have serious drawbacks
Gov. Mark Dayton says given obstacles to financing the Arden Hills stadium plan, the Minneapolis proposal near the Basilica of St. Mary is the most viable. He says the current Metrodome site should also be in the mix. He faults the legislature for hindering Ramsey County's attempts to pass a sales tax to fund the Arden Hills site.
Dayton chose Metrodome site for stadium over Basilica to avoid lawsuit
WCCO television reporter Pat Kessler was told by Governor Mark Dayton on Tuesday that the Linden Avenue site for a Vikings stadium fell through in part because the Basilica threatened to sue. Dayton will meet with Zygi and Mark Wilf Wednesday morning to discuss building the stadium on the current Metrodome site.
Gov. Dayton says Metrodome is only suitable site for Vikings stadium
Governor Mark Dayton informed the Minnesota Vikings on Monday that if they want a stadium plan approved this year, it will have to be built on the current Metrodome site. Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf are scheduled to meet with Dayton on Wednesday. Lester Bagley, Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development, says the Wilfs are "extremely frustrated with the situation."
With stadium proposals in, next move will be Dayton's
Stadium proposals landed on Mark Dayton's desk Thursday and the governor says he may pick a favorite next week. Minneapolis promised to kick in $6.5 million per year if the Vikings choose to stay in the city. Ramsey County, meanwhile, hiked its contribution to an Arden Hills site by another $75 million and boosted the total price tag over $1.1 billion by including road improvements.
Dayton now calls new GOP stadium plan "worth considering"
In one day Governor Dayton's opinion of the new Republican stadium proposal shifted from a "hare-brained scheme" to an idea "worth considering." Dayton says he wants to find a solution to the Vikings stadium issue. Republicans, meanwhile, are still working to fill in the blanks on their plan while also convincing DFLers and the Vikings that it's viable. All this after lawmakers had hoped to adjourn.
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.
Vikings stadium hearings at Capitol set for next week
The first hearing will be held next Tuesday at the state Capitol. The topic is possible locations for the stadium, with proposals to build in both Arden Hills and several potential sites in Minneapolis. The second hearing will focus on proposals of how the state should pay its cost of the $1 billion stadium.
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