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Dayton Says Vikings Stadium Plan Was “Incomplete and Unsatisfactory”

July 20, 2011

After announcing an end to the almost three-week government shutdown, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton explained why a Vikings stadium bill was not part of a special legislative session. The first-term Governor characterized the plan the Vikings brought forward as “incomplete and unsatisfactory.”

Despite a vociferous grassroots campaign and the team working tirelessly behind the scenes, Dayton told reporters that he has yet to see a proposal that is a “good deal for Minnesota.”

Earlier this week, Dayton’s office hinted that a special legislative session could be held in the fall to deal solely with the Vikings stadium. However, on Wednesday Dayton said that until he sees a proposal that is beneficial for every partner he won’t call for a special session.

Upon hearing a stadium bill would not be heard in the session, Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs Lester Bagley said the team is “assessing our options.”

Bagley declined to elaborate, but after ten years of fighting for a new stadium, the team may have to threaten to leave the state before they get the new home they covet.

What once looked like a promising deal with the city of Arden Hills, now appears to have fallen apart. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the city of Minneapolis back in the running for a new stadium, but there are likely to be threats of the team leaving the state before serious stadium talks ramp up again.

After all, the Vikings have a year remaining on their lease with the Metrodome, and in politics, a year can be an eternity.

While the Vikings would rather play football than politics, being forced to play in a broken-down Dome may once again force the team to play on the all-too-familiar turf of the Minnesota State Capitol again next year.


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