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Despite missing deadline, Vikings stadium project isn’t stalled

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On Friday, a meaningless deadline came and went for the Vikings and the powers-that-be in Minnesota to figure out how to finance $131 million in road improvements near the proposed site of the team’s new stadium in Arden Hills.  Despite the perception that the project is languishing, the parties claim that the effort is moving forward.

“We had been stalled for about a month, but we’re not stalled now,” Ted Mondale, chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, told Kevin Duchschere of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “We’re a lot closer this week than last.”

Vikings exec Lester Bagley agreed, explaining that “significant progress” was made within the past seven days.  “I think when legislators and the governor are ready to address the stadium in a special session, that we will have the comprehensive proposal in front of them,” Bagley said.

And that’s the next hurdle — getting a special session scheduled, and then getting some of the time for the special session devoted to the Vikings stadium plan.  With the state budget taking priority and the state government due to shut down on June 30 absent a deal, there may not be much time to address the proposal, however comprehensive it may be.

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29 Responses to “Despite missing deadline, Vikings stadium project isn’t stalled”
  1. thephantomstranger says: Jun 18, 2011 11:44 PM

    It’s gonna happen.

  2. Justin says: Jun 18, 2011 11:52 PM

    Maybe I need to show more manners. Please get this done. Thanks you.

  3. christhefish says: Jun 19, 2011 12:11 AM

    It’s dead, Jim.

  4. johnsticle says: Jun 19, 2011 12:23 AM

    It’s now or never guys, just please get it done.

    Love,
    A Die Hard Vikes Fan

  5. duanethomas says: Jun 19, 2011 12:36 AM

    Hello LA.

  6. hedleykow says: Jun 19, 2011 12:39 AM

    To no one’s surprise, Bret Favre is convinced that the new Vikings stadium is being commissioned in his honor.

  7. jimmysee says: Jun 19, 2011 12:56 AM

    There is no real reason to believe anything will change here.

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    Or in this case, not doing something over and over.

  8. jimmysee says: Jun 19, 2011 12:57 AM

    The “crossed fingers plan” of Vikings fans will not get a stadium built.

  9. dbellina says: Jun 19, 2011 1:06 AM

    Well they may not be Russian, but they sure as yell ain’t Stalin.

  10. gdeli says: Jun 19, 2011 2:01 AM

    good luck but don’t rip off us taxpayers!

  11. evilmajortom says: Jun 19, 2011 3:14 AM

    They haven’t resolved their budget yet so an additional session is going to happen (I hate to call it ‘special’ when these people are just doing something they should have had done already). Whether or not that session addresses a new stadium is a different creature altogether…

  12. purdueman says: Jun 19, 2011 5:54 AM

    The Vikings need to follow the Lakers out to LA!

  13. krow101 says: Jun 19, 2011 6:29 AM

    Zigy needs more cash. Bend over Minnesota taxpayers. The billionaire wants to party.

  14. debthebusybody says: Jun 19, 2011 8:43 AM

    Delusional….

    Buh bye!

  15. tumsman2 says: Jun 19, 2011 9:36 AM

    All of you who think the Vikings should pay for the stadium are straight up crazy! The stadium is much more than just a building.

    The tax revenue & jobs that this 1 building will create far exceed any negatives you haters can think of. And the crappy road system will overhauled!

    Stop complaining already.
    Don’t you realize that the taxes you currently pay go towards much worse projects that no nothing for the local economy?

    This is a dream come true and if the Vikings leave the state, MN will be devastated! And the stupid politicians who voted against it will be left with a tarnished legacy of how they killed the state and the most important sports franchise to ever be in the state.

    POLITICIANS COME AND GO, THE VIKINGS CAN STAY FOREVER. THINK LONG TERM.

  16. krow101 says: Jun 19, 2011 10:08 AM

    Yeah, the entire state of Minnesota depends on a football team. Ummmmm… ?????

  17. chatham10 says: Jun 19, 2011 10:21 AM

    I used to attend Viking games when I lived in Minnesota and the Old Met had plenty of parking and when they moved to downtown and the Dome there was no parking and now they are worried about how to get in and out of the proposed new park. I have followed this on a daily basis and like the CBA the lawyers get involved things go to hell and the elected officals are in most cases, lawyers and things go to hell but I believe the Vikings will get their new stadium.

  18. vikefan says: Jun 19, 2011 10:56 AM

    Yeah, the entire state of Minnesota depends on a football team. Ummmmm… ?????

    ******************************************
    it does for general tax revenue, if u think the state can afford to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars via tax revenue and keep all after school programs open, rural hospitals & clinics running, and keeping public schools funded with the shortfall the state already has, u are deeply mistaken. Reality check, your taxes will go up no matter what, a special bill to build the stadium or your own taxes to shrink the gap after the Vikings leave. May as well pay up now and keep the Vikings at home and get something out of it instead of having your taxes go up with nothing to show for it. Either way general public you pay.
    Sorry for the reality check.

  19. krow101 says: Jun 19, 2011 12:02 PM

    Lots of States don’t have football teams. They seem to be doing fine. Other States have 2 … and are in deep financial trouble. Reality checkmate.

  20. Justin says: Jun 19, 2011 12:30 PM

    Does Minnesota need the Vikings? No they don’t.

    However, in 5 or so years if the Vikings do leave we will end up renovating the stadium for the 300+ events that happen there that aren’t Viking related. At least let Zygi pay for 1/3 of it. People act like we are doing him a huge favor. In the long run he is doing us the favor. If he sells the team or whatever it isn’t like he keeps the stadium.

  21. purdueman says: Jun 19, 2011 12:39 PM

    The Vikings don’t need a shiny new stadium. I mean, the University of Minnesota and the Twins both put up brand new state of the art stadiums so that the Vikings could have the Rollerdome all to themselves you know!

  22. cosanostra71 says: Jun 19, 2011 1:39 PM

    this looks better and better for LA fans every day!

  23. kennyrogerschicken says: Jun 19, 2011 4:25 PM

    thephantomstranger –

    Which one? The state budget or the stadium plan?

    Based on the amount of people a state shutdown would affect, I find it hard to believe the stadium proposal would get done at all in the near future. Believe it or not, the Vikings don’t run the state, and there’s a lot of people out there who are more worried about being unemployed than having a new stadium. Even working for Hennepin County has gotten me a letter warning of layoffs at the county level if the shutdown occurs.

    Even though you’re pious and delusional, I’d like you to go ahead and give me one of your loooong sermons about the Viking stadium again. I need a good laugh about now.

  24. purdueman says: Jun 19, 2011 5:10 PM

    Vikings have two very viable privately funded new state of the art stadium options:

    1) In downtown LA adjacent to the Staples Center; and

    2) In suburban LA City of Industry.

    Ziggy can take his pick!

  25. locutus says: Jun 19, 2011 6:28 PM

    krow101 says: Jun 19, 2011 12:02 PM

    Lots of States don’t have football teams. They seem to be doing fine. Other States have 2 … and are in deep financial trouble. Reality checkmate.

    And your evidence points to the NFL teams as the cause of the financial trouble?

    Reality is, an NFL teams brings in money for the state, period. It may be losing money itself and therefore is forced to move, though that does not preclude the fact that the state makes money on it.

  26. ikickgypsies says: Jun 19, 2011 7:41 PM

    @purduegirl and cosa, learn to read, the stadium is right on track and your trolling is just wasted effort.

  27. purdueman says: Jun 19, 2011 10:10 PM

    @icantkickevenmyfatsistersass, talk is cheap; we’ll only believe it when we see it.

  28. thephantomstranger says: Jun 20, 2011 12:04 AM

    kennyrogerschicken says:
    Jun 19, 2011 4:25 PM
    thephantomstranger –

    Which one? The state budget or the stadium plan?

    Based on the amount of people a state shutdown would affect, I find it hard to believe the stadium proposal would get done at all in the near future. Believe it or not, the Vikings don’t run the state, and there’s a lot of people out there who are more worried about being unemployed than having a new stadium. Even working for Hennepin County has gotten me a letter warning of layoffs at the county level if the shutdown occurs.
    _____________

    Pardon me if I don’t feel sorry for the state workers who will get “laid off” with the government shutdown. They’ll all get severance and/or unemployment, then get “hired back” when the shutdown is over, plus they’ll get back pay for the time they missed. So it’s a nice vacation and a bonus. Meanwhile, the governor that you undoubtedly helped elect because you are clearly uninformed is the cause of this whole ridiculous shutdown mess. The legislature passed a budget with a 12% spending increase and a balanced budget and YOUR governor says it isn’t good enough because there isn’t enough spending and there aren’t more taxes. Get that guy out of here and the budget would be done and the stadium deal would be done.

    Nevertheless, it’s gonna happen.

  29. thephantomstranger says: Jun 20, 2011 11:32 AM

    kennyrogerschicken says:
    Jun 19, 2011 4:25 PM
    thephantomstranger –

    Even though you’re pious and delusional, I’d like you to go ahead and give me one of your loooong sermons about the Viking stadium again. I need a good laugh about now.
    ________________

    My comment was “it’s gonna happen.” Sorry if I bored you with my loooong sermon.

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