Vikings stadium bill introduced at Legislature

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Who will pay for it? Where will it go?
We finally have a Vikings stadium bill--effectively the last bill of its kind the Legislature can consider before the team's lease at the Metrodome expires--and lawmakers have until May 23 to pass it.

Talk about a Hail Mary.

The bill as it stands says nothing about where the stadium might be located. Instead, it sets out the parameters for how the facility might be paid for and how it should be administered.

The goal is raise $300 million from taxpayers through a sales tax on memorabilia, high-priced seats, "user fees," naming rights, and a Vikings-related lottery. The Vikings would be required to cough up one-third of the overall funding package.

But the stadium bill debate will take place against a backdrop of massive and highly contentious state budget cuts. Why, a lot of lawmakers and voters want to know, are we building a shiny new gladiator pit when we can't fund education and health care for the poor?

Because we can't help ourselves, the Vikings seem to be saying.

We think the legislation provides the framework to negotiate a deal that resolves the stadium issue in 2011. ... We understand the budget situation facing Minnesota, and we don't believe the stadium is more important than the core issues legislators are currently addressing. However, many, many Minnesotans believe the Vikings are an important part of this State's identity and culture, and that there needs to be a stadium solution.

The Senate version of the bill has been posted here. Its main authors are Republicans Julie A. Rosen, Doug Magnus, and DFLers John Harrington and Linda Scheid. No companion House legislation has been published yet.

One interesting tidbit for folks who still chafe when they hear the words "Los Angeles Lakers" or "Dallas Stars": The bill would require that the NFL transfer the team's name, logo, colors, history, playing records, and trophies to the state if the Vikings were to ever leave the state.

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

How about all those bars and business that used to reap in the business around the Metrodome during the Twins games. That business is GONE. It has now moved 10-12 blocks west to the area around Target Field.But hey, if we look at that areas bar and restaurants, business is booming. Lets all be politically dishonest while pandering for money from the masses!To do so, only point out the benefits, and never the harm.Jobs?Sure it creates temporary (union based) construction jobs.But that's it.All other jobs will be transfers and already exist.Metrodome is fine for Vikes games. Of course some always see a vision of "stadium utopia", and these folks will beg and pander using descriptions of dire need. My guess is, those asking for a new stadium, will be those mostly using it. User fees, user fees, user fees!That's the only way to pay for it.

Dildog
Dildog

How about all those business that benefit pay for it? It's just how we all benefit from the banking crisis being saved - we didn't benefit. The average joe lost money, lost a chance to change the economy for good... we lost the ability to bring about fundamental change to the banking system.. The financiers are laughing at us.. the team owners are laughing at us. It's empowered slavery. We do not need stadium - we need resource equilibirum!

LAVikingsFan
LAVikingsFan

You and I disagree on a lot of things but we're in step here. Thanks for being a real conservative.

NFL
NFL

If they want a stadium so badly, why are they only paying 1/3 of it? The Metrodome is still an NFL-worthy stadium, they don't need a new one.

Fliermeister
Fliermeister

People like you should be quite, Vikings build a new stadium it benefit everybody and create jobs in a time of need.

Dildog
Dildog

Are you serious? how does it benefit me? I'd prefer the owners or the fans or the local business pay for it. I do not benefit from it whatsoever. How about we spend this money on crime prevention, or education - maybe society would benefit.How about this, How about this - I'll use my taxes to pay for it, but I would a piece of the profit? Why are stupid like you still being brainwashed about how the elite "creates" jobs for us mortals?

green23
green23

Yeah...they should build a new stadium, then tear it down, and then build it again. That will create even MORE jobs. Then they can build a couple extra stadiums so that the Vikings don't have to play all EIGHT of those home games in the same old boring stadium. You know what that means: MORE "benefit" and MORE jobs!

Whatever "benefit" we would get from a new stadium could be obtained from the Metrodome. It's good enough for eight days a year. I've seen games there, and it seemed as if people had a good time.

Really, though, the Vikings should just sell bonds to make up the other 2/3, like any other PRIVATE business would do. Then YOU can "benefit" and make money from those bonds, while "creating jobs".

The State doesn't pay 2/3 of the cost to build a new Home Depot store, does it? But that would "create jobs" and provide "benefit", too.

Maybe the State should build me a new house. Hey, I'll pay 1/3 of the cost! And I'll sell admission to my new home eight days a year for only $50 a person. We all "benefit" and jobs are created. I like it!

ron
ron

Sure looks like the Twins stadium put a much needed boost to the downtown economy. They didn't need a new stadium either, but they got it and many many benefits have been had from it.

LAVikingsFan
LAVikingsFan

From now on I'm not paying more than 1/3 for anything. OR ELSE I'M MOVING TO LOS ANGELES, YOU HEAR ME MINNESOTA?!

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