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Minnesota governor wants legislative session on stadium next month

Minnesota Gov Dayton speaks to mreporters after signing bills in St. Paul Reuters

Minnesota governor Mark Dayton is holding meetings this week on a new Vikings stadium and said Monday that he intends to call a special legislative session focused on the stadium next month.

The session, which would run from November 21-23, would only take place if a plan for the stadium is in place. Per Jeff Anderson, Vikings director of corporate communications, Dayton will ask NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his support for the session.

Dayton met Monday with legislators to discuss stadium issues. Vikings V.P. of business affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley, who said on PFT Live last week that he has heard from other communities about moving the team, said that the team is appreciative of the efforts by the Governor and legislators.

After the meeting, Republican state senator Amy Koch called for no new taxes to help finance a new stadium. Koch wants Ramsey County, where the proposed Arden Hills stadium would be built, to hold a referendum on a proposed local sales tax dedicated to the stadium, but the county charter commission ruled against such a referendum last week. The current financing plan calls for about $650 million in public money, divided between the county and the state, along with $407 million from the Vikings.

If a special session does get called, it is a positive step for backers of a new stadium. There’s obviously a lot of work to be done to get the proposal through the legislature, but anything that forces the issue to be discussed in full is a step in the direction of a final decision.

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27 Responses to “Minnesota governor wants legislative session on stadium next month”
  1. budgrant says: Oct 17, 2011 5:55 PM

    Sweet jesus let it happen already. Thank god this governor is willing to help things get rolling.

  2. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 17, 2011 6:15 PM

    It would be a mistake to call a special session unless you’re sure it will pass. We are not at that point yet. I hope it happens but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this governor screw it up. I have yet to hear a viable plan for coming up with the state’s contribution.

  3. txxxchief says: Oct 17, 2011 6:31 PM

    The bill will pass! The elected leaders know what is good for everyone don’t ya know! If it doesn’t pass, the Al Franken vote counters are on standby to correct the results!

  4. packerswambulance says: Oct 17, 2011 6:42 PM

    Go to Minnesota Momentum and get the #’s of Reps, Gov, Speaker of the House etc… Call and email them asking for the special session, pass a bill with public financing, and look at as getting people back to work instead of funding billionaires. This would be the 3rd most money paid by a team for its stadium. I made 8 calls & 8 emails Friday, 8 & 8 more today, 8 & 8 tomorrow. Do something Vikes fans. If you’re reading this you have time to do it. Go Vikes!!!

  5. ken0west says: Oct 17, 2011 6:49 PM

    Well the fools in district 6 choose a brainless tool to represent them in congress. Based on that fact I don’t see them getting this done, especially if it requires any sort of public money. They believe in Jesus, more Jesus and no taxes oh and some more Jesus.

    Move the team to LA, or some other city people don’t mind paying taxes for things like stadiums, roads, schools, ports, you know all the things we have in high tax areas. I live in MD and we have two teams and two stadiums and pay some of the highest tax rates in the union.

  6. indyseriesnick says: Oct 17, 2011 6:49 PM

    cant afford to loose the vikes

    MN already lost the Lakers, The North Starts, and especially the Lakers has had extreme success.

  7. sterling7 says: Oct 17, 2011 8:37 PM

    Maybe if we (Minnesota Vikings fans) had an NFL caliber team, it would be easier for the public to back a stadium. Right now a house cleaning is in order starting with that pathetic head coach!

  8. sevensixtwonato says: Oct 17, 2011 8:54 PM

    sterling7 says:
    Oct 17, 2011 8:37 PM
    Maybe if we (Minnesota Vikings fans) had an NFL caliber team, it would be easier for the public to back a stadium. Right now a house cleaning is in order starting with that pathetic head coach!

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    They are not building it for this group of guys….records have nothing to do with it.

    I swear to God this site needs a mandated football comprehension test for posting privileges…

  9. deconjonesbitchslap says: Oct 17, 2011 9:05 PM

    why on earth would Minnesotans want to watch this team again? did you watch them last night? you’re telling me you’re willing to pay more in taxes, and probably 30% more in tickets, food and beverage, parking, etc to watch that garbage football team? heres an example of how pitiful this team is. of how ill prepare the vikings are:

    you know what happens when the packers lose 2 starting offensive lineman? they fill their places and they play just great. no problems at all. the vikings? i could have sacked McNabb last night. McNabb didn’t stand a chance! he was getting hit 1 second after the snap. that wasn’t his fault. that’s how stupid MN fans are: they blame the QB for everything, but he can’t even stand up without a defender knocking him down. he had nothing to work with. that’s how favre got hurt, and why he sucked last year: their offensive line is and was horrid. the only reason Ponder may be a better option is because he can run a little bit away from their porous line.

  10. wozzmann1955 says: Oct 17, 2011 9:20 PM

    As a fan of professional football,I ask everyone involved in Minnesota to please get this done, so we in Wisconsin can continue to laugh our neighbors to the west.

  11. wozzmann1955 says: Oct 17, 2011 9:21 PM

    As a fan of professional football,I ask everyone involved in Minnesota to please get this done, so we in Wisconsin can continue to laugh@ our neighbors to the west.

  12. Robert says: Oct 17, 2011 10:10 PM

    MN already lost the Lakers, The North Starts, and especially the Lakers has had extreme success.

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    Living In Minnesota I can’t stress this enough.

    We lost the North Stars.

    We replaced them with the Wild.

    We lost the lost the Lakers.

    We replaced them with the Timber Wolves.

    The Vikings have been holding the citizens of Minnesota hostage long enough.

    Especially in a cruel economy.

    They can go.

    They can be replaced with another NFL team.

  13. usedtool says: Oct 17, 2011 11:25 PM

    Dear Robert:

    MN lost the Lakers and went a very long time before putting up the building necessary to get an expansion team.

    MN lost the NorthStars and had no team until they put up a new building to house them in.

    Maybe it would have been a good thing to hang onto what they had (Lakers and NorthStars) than to build new facilities and end up with the Wild and T-Wolves.

    BTW: THe Vikes have never in their history played in a stadium designed for football. Met Stadium was a baseball field with extra bleachers for football. So is the dome. Considering MN just got done building the Twins a third stadium to the Vikings zero, it may be time.

  14. johnnyb216 says: Oct 17, 2011 11:32 PM

    Tick tock tick tock… Soon the queenies will suffer the same fate as the historic LA Lakers and their beloved Northstars. Answer me this Minnesota, how does the self proclaimed state of hockey lose their only professional hockey team? The vikings have no hope.

  15. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Oct 18, 2011 12:24 AM

    Living In Minnesota I can’t stress this enough.

    We lost the North Stars.
    We replaced them with the Wild.

    We lost the lost the Lakers.
    We replaced them with the Timber Wolves.

    The Vikings have been holding the citizens of Minnesota hostage long enough.

    Especially in a cruel economy.

    They can go.

    They can be replaced with another NFL team.

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    You might be the biggest moron living in Minnesota. We lost the Lakers and got an EXPANSION Timberwolves. We lost the North Stars and got an EXPANSION Wild. The NFL will NOT EXPAND. At 32 teams evenly divided at 4 teams in 8 divisions, there is no room. We will start building a new stadium in 2016, and HOPE to lure the Bills, Jaguars, or Rams for 2020.

  16. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Oct 18, 2011 12:31 AM

    why on earth would Minnesotans want to watch this team again? did you watch them last night? you’re telling me you’re willing to pay more in taxes, and probably 30% more in tickets, food and beverage, parking, etc to watch that garbage football team? heres an example of how pitiful this team is. of how ill prepare the vikings are:

    you know what happens when the packers lose 2 starting offensive lineman? they fill their places and they play just great. no problems at all. the vikings? i could have sacked McNabb last night. McNabb didn’t stand a chance! he was getting hit 1 second after the snap. that wasn’t his fault. that’s how stupid MN fans are: they blame the QB for everything, but he can’t even stand up without a defender knocking him down. he had nothing to work with. that’s how favre got hurt, and why he sucked last year: their offensive line is and was horrid. the only reason Ponder may be a better option is because he can run a little bit away from their porous line.
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    The current 1-5 record should have nothing to do with the Vikings trying to get a new stadium. What the hell does 6 games have to do with securing the Vikings here for the next 35 years? I guess the Cardinals should not have gotten University of Phoenix stadium built. They were worse than the Vikings are for many many many many more years.

    Seattle should not have built Century Link Field either. Seattle was crap before they built that extremely awesome stadium. Tampa never should have built Raymond James either because they were poop for almost 3 decades in the sombrero. Atlanta was crap before they built the Georgia Dome. The Lions always were crap at the Silver Dome and were still crap until the last half of last year at Ford Field.

    The point is, if your team sucks (like MY vikings do, it should have ZERO to do with building a stadium.

  17. NoHomeTeam says: Oct 18, 2011 1:55 AM

    Robert says:
    Living In Minnesota I can’t stress this enough.
    We lost the North Stars.
    We replaced them with the Wild.
    We lost the lost the Lakers.
    We replaced them with the Timber Wolves.
    The Vikings have been holding the citizens of Minnesota hostage long enough.
    They can be replaced with another NFL team.

    1: 7 years to get a new NHL franchise
    2: 30 years to get a new NBA franchise.

    Don’t kid yourself. It took almost a decade to replace a team in the #4 sport in America. 3 decades to replace a team in the #3 sport in America.

    If the Vikings leave, you will not in all likelihood see another NFL team in Minnesota in your lifetime.

  18. vikesfansteve says: Oct 18, 2011 2:59 AM

    It would be a travesty to let the Vikings leave.
    The tax is a 5 cent luxury tax that wouldn’t even be noticed.
    The # of jobs created far outweighs the states contribution. The infastructure will be upgraded. New roads, new resturants, new shops, theaters all that will be hiring people. All the construction means jobs.
    The metrodome is a run down 30 yr old stadium.

    As far as free agents. MN will become an attractive place to want to be a part of if the team has a state of the art facility. Also instead of getting a % of revenue off of concessions the Vikings will be able to escape the terrible deal they have currently with the MN Sports commission & the franchise will be worth more. More revenue = better players & a better product.

    The Vikings deserve this stadium. The tax is so minimal it will be barely noticed.

  19. vikingkid18 says: Oct 18, 2011 3:31 AM

    Living In Minnesota I can’t stress this enough. We lost the North Stars. We replaced them with the Wild. We lost the lost the Lakers. We replaced them with the Timber Wolves. The Vikings have been holding the citizens of Minnesota hostage long enough. Especially in a cruel economy. They can go. They can be replaced with another NFL team.
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    Robert, are kidding me?! The Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Lawmakers need to get this deal done before it costs even more millions of dollars! But we could just go with your idea and let them pack their bags and leave. And as you say, we can just get another team to come to Minnesota…… No this is idiotic! It will cost 5x more to just bring in another team and on top of that, that “new” team won’t want to play in the Metrodome! They will demand a new stadium before they agree to come. So why not get the stadium deal done now with the NFL team that has been a strong part of this state for over 50 years and save lots of money and create thousands of jobs in the process! But once again, we could go with your idea and just let them walk away, and spend more money in a bad economy? Sounds like poor play-calling Robert. I think you need to make some adjustments.

  20. judsonjr says: Oct 18, 2011 3:57 AM

    I’m a Packer fan, but rooting Vikes need to stay. If the Vikings leave those magic moments will be gone.

    Moments like Darren Sharper trying to run back a meaningless Culpepper INT with the clock at :00, while the Packers racked up personal fouls all along the return.

    Or Terrell Buckley not covering Eric Gulliford at the end of the game because he didn’t think Jim McMahon could throw the ball that far.

    Or the Vikes knock Favre out, and while the Packers are in position to kick a game winning FG at the end of the game, TJ Rubley decides he needs to put the dagger through the Vikings and proceeds to throw a game losing pick.

  21. sevensixtwonato says: Oct 18, 2011 8:37 AM

    johnnyb216 says:
    Oct 17, 2011 11:32 PM
    Tick tock tick tock… Soon the queenies will suffer the same fate as the historic LA Lakers and their beloved Northstars. Answer me this Minnesota, how does the self proclaimed state of hockey lose their only professional hockey team? The vikings have no hope.

    ————————————————–

    Again with the “tick tock tick tock.” Well at least you don’t call people “mud ducks” in this site…still don’t know what a “mud duck” is and dont care….all I know is it sounds like something my grandfather would have said….

  22. pistolsmoke says: Oct 18, 2011 9:20 AM

    Anyone who actually wants to see a 50 year franchise move to LA (and you don’t live in LA) is not a true football fan at all.

    LA won’t sell out games. First 3-5 years, sure because the team is “trendy”, but then the true LA people will stop going and go back to their clubs. It hasn’t worked twice now. It won’t work again.

  23. Derty Ernie says: Oct 18, 2011 9:22 AM

    I have zero intentions of paying one red cent for the stadium. Its not where I live and I’m not a Viking fan so why should I pay for i

    Dayton is an idiot but he did listen to his advisors who told him to stay the heck out of the debate on location. His special session will happen once the location thing is settled.

    There are two huge battles going on now, where to put the stadium and then how to pay for it. Once the location thing is settled the second will follow suit pretty quickly.

  24. sterling7 says: Oct 18, 2011 9:46 AM

    sevensixtwonato says:
    Oct 17, 2011 8:54 PM
    sterling7 says:
    Oct 17, 2011 8:37 PM
    Maybe if we (Minnesota Vikings fans) had an NFL caliber team, it would be easier for the public to back a stadium. Right now a house cleaning is in order starting with that pathetic head coach!

    ————————————————–
    They are not building it for this group of guys….records have nothing to do with it.

    I swear to God this site needs a mandated football comprehension test for posting privileges…

    401 iRate This

    The fact of the matter is that there has been fifty years off “INCOMPETENCE” smart guy and I personally have had enough unless management brings in people who want to play!!!!!!!!!

  25. dukemarc says: Oct 18, 2011 11:25 AM

    I’m curious to see how this plays out for Dayton – he’s basically been useless as a Governor so far. This may end up being his legacy, good or bad.

  26. Robert says: Oct 18, 2011 2:50 PM

    You might be the biggest moron living in Minnesota. We lost the Lakers and got an EXPANSION Timberwolves. We lost the North Stars and got an EXPANSION Wild. The NFL will NOT EXPAND. At 32 teams evenly divided at 4 teams in 8 divisions, there is no room. We will start building a new stadium in 2016, and HOPE to lure the Bills, Jaguars, or Rams for 2020.

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    1. The Minnesota Wild are a huge success.(And they are not consistant winners)

    2. The Minnesota Timberwolves were a success until they depleted the franchise.

    3. There will never be a expansion franchise to replace the Vikings(I never said there would be)

    4. The Twin Cities market is still attractive and could lure a current NFL team.

    Jaguars?

    Rams?

    Bills?

    If the city of Baltimore can lure an NFL team away from it’s hometown, so can Minneapolis.

    5. Please remember Minnesota is a Hockey state.

    If the NFL leaves so be it.

    6. If the Vikings leave it’s not the end of life. There are other sports venues.

    7. The Vikings have shown no success in their history(4 SB Losses)

    Vikings live as inferior product to the menacing Packer shadow.

    It gets old watching the Packers win and the Vikings lose.

  27. mikemccarthyisfat says: Oct 18, 2011 10:38 PM

    why on earth would Minnesotans want to watch this team again? did you watch them last night? you’re telling me you’re willing to pay more in taxes, and probably 30% more in tickets, food and beverage, parking, etc to watch that garbage football team? heres an example of how pitiful this team is. of how ill prepare the vikings are:

    you know what happens when the packers lose 2 starting offensive lineman? they fill their places and they play just great. no problems at all. the vikings? i could have sacked McNabb last night. McNabb didn’t stand a chance! he was getting hit 1 second after the snap. that wasn’t his fault. that’s how stupid MN fans are: they blame the QB for everything, but he can’t even stand up without a defender knocking him down. he had nothing to work with. that’s how favre got hurt, and why he sucked last year: their offensive line is and was horrid. the only reason Ponder may be a better option is because he can run a little bit away from their porous line
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    do you ever look in the mirror and wonder what the hell happened to your life?

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