Dayton to Vikes: Metrodome site or bust

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Tomorrow's meeting between Zygi and Dayton could make clear whether the Vikes are serious about an LA relocation in time for next season.
The train wreck that is the Vikings stadium drive went a little more off the rails Monday afternoon.

Governor Dayton told Zygi Wilf that the only workable site this session for a new stadium is the Metrodome, which happens to be the site least favored by Vikings ownership.

With the team's Metrodome lease expiring in just over a week and Vikings ownership "extremely frustrated with the situation" following yesterday's developments, we may soon have the opportunity to see if the team has indeed been bluffing about a rumored Los Angeles relocation.

During a news conference last Wednesday, Dayton ruled out the possibility of the Vikings building Zygi-land in Arden Hills and suggested the so-called Linden Avenue site near the Basilica was the leading contender.

But, less than a week before the start of the 2012 legislative session, it was probably already too late to sort out all the issues involved in building a stadium near the Basilica in time to get a stadium deal done this year. Father John Bauer of the Basilica raised concerns about "the level of activity" the stadium would generate in the area, making it more difficult "for those trying to come to the basilica for liturgies, concerts, community events, and outreach."

So, with lots of issues still unresolved and time running short, Dayton, on Monday, apparently felt compelled to come down the mountain, announce God's word on the Vikings stadium site, then head back up. And now the question is, what next?

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The Vikes aren't keen on the Metrodome site, but it's the only local option left on the table.
The Metrodome site is still on the table, but the Vikings have two big problems with (re)building there: There isn't adequate space for tailgaiting, and the team would be forced to play at TCF Bank stadium while construction is ongoing. Playing at that too-small-for-NFL college stadium would require at least $50 million in renovations, the team has said, in addition to about $900 million for the new stadium on the Metrodome site.

Oh yeah, it's also still unclear exactly how much the Vikings are willing to chip in for a new stadium at the Metrodome. Apparently, years of discussion haven't produced much progress.

Zygy is reportedly flying to Minnesota to meet with Dayton tomorrow. Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley wouldn't say what the team intends to do about its frustration over yesterday's turn of events, but presumably we'll know a bit more after Zygi and Dayton get together.

Until then, things look pretty dire for Vikings Nation. Christopher Gates of the pro-stadium Daily Norseman has been following issue closely and wrote last night that he "can't help but think that this is not going to end favorably for our favorite football team." And while the stadium drive has pretty much consisted of a series of setbacks since the start, it now appears both Dayton and Wilf have scarce few negotiating chips left to work with.

Previous coverage:
-- Shakopee, out of nowhere, announces Vikings stadium bid
-- Vikings stadium: Minneapolis, Ramsey County release final funding proposals
-- Vikes stadium: Dayton asks city, Ramsey County to play hurry-up
-- Vikings warming to idea of staying in Minneapolis


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timbo
timbo

I’ve been beating the Block E Casino drum for years – but make it a sports book. That way it’s not in competition with the tribes, sports fans are paying for sports stadiums, and I have a much better shot at winning than I do against four deck blackjack and rigged slots. The NFL will fight it (like they did in Delaware) but if they want a stadium here, shut up and get out of the way.

green23
green23

I'm okay with the "bust" option, thanks.

Eight games a year, folks. Not 80 or so like the Twins play at home.

Mike1234
Mike1234

Build a casino in block E, tax it.  Make MN Vikings license plates for those who want to purchase them.  Have a vikings scratch off lottery ticket, these are just a few ideas to raise money for a new stadium.  Those 30 lobbyists the Indian casinos have, need to get back down to earth.  They had their run to make hundreds and hundreds of millions, now the state is in need,-- get real.   They say all the jobs at the casinos will be lost, no they won't  probably 10 to 20% will, but a new casino at block E would employ thousands.  They compare 3M and other big MN companies to pay for the stadium, no---they don't get free money from gamblers.  The Indian monopoly must go, or at least get some competition.  I don't think the Vikings should move to LA, we are one of the heaviest taxed states and we still cannot fund anything of importance.

Pokemon4Life
Pokemon4Life

Well, I guess I will become a Lions fan.

GET OUT
GET OUT

Why would we bend over backwards and build a stadium, demolishing our bought-and-paid-for publicly owned stadium that hosts a lot more than the Vikings, using public taxpayer money, for a privately owned team that can't win more than three games in a season?

  Get out of our state you losers.  Good luck finding a city that would be dumb enough to host a bunch of whiny baby extortionists.

Ndudi Ebi
Ndudi Ebi

Los Angeles Vikings defeat the Green Bay Packers in the 2017 NFC championship game 41-doughnut.  Former coach Denny Green is lured out of retirement and brings the LA Vikes back to prominence.  Phenom and 3 time pro bowler Joe Webb out duels an aging Aaron Rodgers.  Zigi Wilf thanks the great fans of LA for their support and says we have one more game to win!

Yaoch.

Brmilkman13
Brmilkman13

What a joke! This state is really something else . We want to be in a big market.....But we pay for what we get ..it's ..a large garbage dumpster.Let's pay a little more tax. Lets get some casinos going! Whats wrong with a racino. Big we need a super bowl and championship team. let's face it . We have a bunch of whiners at the head of state. Kurt put your big boy pants on and compromise. I bet Kurt was the first person to collect his paycheck

Balance55113
Balance55113

Could care less about football and don't want to pay more taxes!

Dsf1010
Dsf1010

watch your step getting on the plane....

Dman
Dman

If we don't build it in Arden Hills now, in five years we will be offering to build one twice as big in order to lure an NFL team back to the state.  This should have been a done deal years ago.

Chris
Chris

Cool - enjoy L.A.

Naw
Naw

How about we build a casino in your neighborhood Mike?

Chris
Chris

Totally agree! Does anyone remember when Ziggy came in the picture? There was a great deal of concern about him selling the team then. He promised that would never happen and now look at what is going on!

Wolf just wants the stadium built so he can turn around and sell the team for a billion dollars ($400 million more than he spent to buy it).

He doesn't care about tradition or jobs!

Lets call his bluff. No one will pay as much as he wants for the Vikes so he wants the new stadium to up the price.

Research
Research

Agreed.  I can't see a downside to building a casino.  Vikes get what they want. State gets extra revenue.  And the Mystic Lake recipients buy one less Mercedes a year.  I wouldn't get as upset when a dealer beats my 20 all the time knowing the money's going back to the local community.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

A Republican will never compromise, no matter how stupid and wrong headed their posistion.   It's what makes Republicans great leaders.  

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