The good news for the Vikings stadium project is that a majority of the members of Minneapolis City Council finally are on board with the idea of building a new venue next to the Metrodome. The bad news? The legislature still can’t push a bill through.
Governor Mark Dayton, a proponent of the stadium, can’t fathom the resistance from charitable gaming interests that would benefit from the electronic pulltab and bingo money that would fund the stadium. The charitable interests, which currently make $42 million per year from charitable gaming, would realize another $62 million annually from the electronic pulltab and bingo games.
“They characterize that as a loss,” Dayton said Thursday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I’m just mystified.”
To complicate matters, legislators are squabbling about the estimates regarding the money that will be generated by the expanded gambling efforts.
And so the Vikings seem to be no closer to getting their stadium built. Like the franchise’s never ending quest for a Super Bowl win, the operative mantra for a new building likely will continue to be, “Wait ’til next year.”