A pair of Minnesota legislators have an idea for solving the stadium situation. They want to give the Metrodome to the Vikings.
The only problem? The Vikings aren’t interested.
In a statement released by the team, the Vikings called the proposal a “non-starter.”
“This isn’t the first time the idea has been discussed, but even stadium opponents understand the facility no longer works for the team, our fans or the State,” the team said. “These unrealistic ideas prevent serious discussion about the only viable stadium plan in Arden Hills.”
The fact that two legislators would offer such an unworkable solution reconfirms that the calling of a special session for November doesn’t mean a deal to build a new stadium will be worked out. Plenty of lawmakers will oppose the proposal, and the ultimate challenge remains coming up with a way to finance the state’s contribution of $300 million.
“While we certainly believe the Vikings are a cultural asset to the State, ultimately State leaders need to determine the State’s source of funding for this project,” the team said.
And that’s the core of the problem in Minnesota. The team and the league are ready to pony up more than $400 million, Ramsey County is ready to raise their share via a sales tax. All that’s left is for the state of Minnesota to pony up the cash to keep the Minnesota Vikings from leaving. Or not.
One way or the other, we’ll know the answer soon.