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Minnesota governor says stadium deal may be close

Mark Dayton, Kurt Zellers AP

Governor Mark Dayton delivered his annual state of the state address on Wednesday night.  And one of the obvious topics was the state of a stadium for the NFL team that eventually could head to another state.

According to the Associated Press, Dayton said that the politicians “may be getting close to a site, a deal and a bill.”

Each of those three prongs is critical to building a new stadium.  The site has shifted over time and currently seems to be a location near the Metrodome, which would involve minimal movement of games to TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota while the new venue is constructed.

The deal entails a combination of money from the Vikings and the league, along with public contributions divided between the state and the city/county hosting the stadium.  The source of the public money remains a point of contention and debate.

Ultimately, the deal needs to be reduced to a bill that would be passed by an election-year legislature that represents a populace that has been cool, at best, to the idea of using any public funds to build a new football stadium.

Because the Vikings are now essentially stuck in Minnesota for 2012, given that the team didn’t file paperwork with the league office indicating an intent to relocate before the February 15 deadline, the challenge ultimately will be to persuade lawmakers to support a measure that would allow their opponents to use the ballot box in November as an after-the-fact stadium referendum.

That fact alone makes it more likely that this project won’t be finalized until next year, at the earliest.

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19 Responses to “Minnesota governor says stadium deal may be close”
  1. mclovin07 says: Feb 16, 2012 11:17 AM

    Well it’s about time. It only took about 15 years to finally agree the dome is a giant wasteland…well done Minnesota!

  2. tombradysponytail says: Feb 16, 2012 11:17 AM

    They’ve been getting “close” to a deal for the past 10 years…

  3. ttommytom says: Feb 16, 2012 11:47 AM

    League money = blackout policy.
    Public should = no blackout policy.

  4. purplecrowe says: Feb 16, 2012 12:08 PM

    It’s not done ’til it’s done. Now that the Vikes have no leverage since they can’t threaten to move until next year, the chickens%&t legislators will not dare vote on something so “controversial” in an election year. May as well put this conversation on hold until this time next year…

  5. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 16, 2012 12:13 PM

    tombradysponytail says:
    Feb 16, 2012 11:17 AM
    They’ve been getting “close” to a deal for the past 10 years…
    __________

    Since you live here, you should know that they’ve never been close to a deal. No one ever took the Vikings stadium seriously until very recently. They took care of the Twins, they took care of the Gophers, and they kept telling the Vikings to be patient. Now it’s their turn, and despite the fecklessness of Minnesota politicians, it will eventually get done. I think Dayton is full of it when he says a deal is close. A deal isn’t close until everyone who has to vote on it agrees to vote for it.

  6. norseman55 says: Feb 16, 2012 12:40 PM

    I am sure glad we are struggling to build another domed stadium in the exact same poor spot with no tailgaiting. Looks like the state, city, team, and fans will get everything they didn’t want. In fact, that should be the PSL marketing campaign “Everything You Didn’t Want!”

  7. dukemarc says: Feb 16, 2012 12:50 PM

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Mark Dayton in the past year – he rarely knows what the eff he’s talking about.

  8. leatherhelmets says: Feb 16, 2012 1:21 PM

    We never had a doubt!

  9. purplecrowe says: Feb 16, 2012 1:23 PM

    “If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Mark Dayton in the past year – he rarely knows what the eff he’s talking about.”

    You didn’t know this prior to “the past year”? How about ’06 when he was voted one of the 5 “worst Senators” in office. He even gave himself a grade of “F” for his time in Senate. He’s a moron, can’t believe he was elected Governor, speaks volumes about our great state…

  10. drbob117 says: Feb 16, 2012 1:23 PM

    I doubt that the voters would kick a guy out of office becuase he voted for the stadium bill, since it’s the only thing that would keep the Vikings in Minnesota. If they COULD lose the election that way, then the people of Minnesota deserve to lose their team.

  11. vikesfansteve says: Feb 16, 2012 1:23 PM

    As a Vikings fan from the DMV I could root for them in any city they play but it would be a shame if MN forced the Vikings to leave. Just get it financed already & build it & the dollars will start pouring in as well as the top tier free agents.

  12. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 16, 2012 1:23 PM

    Google that comment. I did.

    Drayton has been saying the same thing-or a small variation thereof- about every 3 months since he took office.

    There never has been (and most likely never will be) any agreement over the ethics of giving taxpayer money to a billionaire to help his business. And even those politicians who can rationalize a stadium “public private partnership”* can’t agree on the amount or the source (see the great “pulltab” controversy) of the money.

    * Defined as an arrangement where private business owners reap all the benefits of stadium ownership (naming rights-parking-suites revenue) while taxpayers get stuck with huge bond debt and giant concrete white elephants. also–see Kingdome or Meadowlands

  13. notalib says: Feb 16, 2012 1:26 PM

    I love this line, “he Vikings are now essentially stuck in Minnesota for 2012″ and that is what they are stuck with fair weather fans and a state that just does not care. Good Luck Vikings looks like another long season for you.

  14. gretzkyoneyzermantwo says: Feb 16, 2012 2:03 PM

    Been hearing that lie for 15-20 years, Ill believe it when ground is broken.

  15. squared80 says: Feb 16, 2012 2:49 PM

    First of all, those saying they’ve ‘been hearing this for 10+ years now’ are incorrect. There had been no talk of a new Vikings stadium until recently.

    And someone else said “Now that the Vikes have no leverage since they can’t threaten to move until next year” is off base. If the Vikings had done the opposite thing and actually threatened to move, the state would have called their bluff. Just like they did with the Lakers and North Stars, and yes, even the Twins.

    The Vikings aren’t idiots… a threat to move will get them nowhere. Anyone who lives here knows that.

  16. juanhughjazz says: Feb 16, 2012 2:53 PM

    LA Vikings

  17. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 16, 2012 3:32 PM

    clintonportisheadd says:
    Feb 16, 2012 1:23 PM
    There never has been (and most likely never will be) any agreement over the ethics of giving taxpayer money to a billionaire to help his business. And even those politicians who can rationalize a stadium “public private partnership”* can’t agree on the amount or the source (see the great “pulltab” controversy) of the money.

    * Defined as an arrangement where private business owners reap all the benefits of stadium ownership (naming rights-parking-suites revenue) while taxpayers get stuck with huge bond debt and giant concrete white elephants. also–see Kingdome or Meadowlands
    __________

    That’s right. Taxpayers reap no benefits from the stadium. Except for the revenue from non-Vikings events held at the stadium. And the taxes paid by millionaire football players. And the economic boost from Super Bowls and Final Fours. And having an NFL team in your city.

  18. adantsa says: Feb 16, 2012 3:57 PM

    I’d like to point out that I’ve been to 10 games at the Dome over 3 years, and every single game I have tailgated and had a great time. It is not an ideal setup, but tailgating is definitely possible at the Minneapolis location. I would personally would prefer Arden Hills though….

  19. 97tahoe says: Feb 16, 2012 4:03 PM

    Until a deal is offically announced, I’m not buying it. Governor Dayton should call a special session now, let them vote on it. Then we can vote those who voted against it OUT OF OFFICE!!!!

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