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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.
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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.

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