It’s close, but it’s still no cigar in Arden Hills.
On Wednesday, a report emerged that a Vikings stadium deal could be announced before the end of the day. And the mere existence of the report may have prevented the announcement from happening.
Per the St. Paul Pioneer Press, a Wednesday afternoon meeting involving officials from the team, Ramsey County, and the state of Minnesota was canceled. Per the report, some believe the meeting was scrapped because the media was aware of it.
The thinking is that it could be perceived as unseemly for legislative officials to be spending time on the Vikings stadium deal when the state government is about to shut down if a new budget isn’t worked out by Friday morning. Regardless, the process once again seems to have taken a step back.
Just like the other NFL-related process that currently is playing out in Minnesota.