Stadium bill deader than Vikings' postseason chances, but Dayton hopeful for another shot

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It seems dream of a new stadium will remain just that for Zygi Wilf, at least until next legislative session.
Remember that Vikings stadium bill? That thing now looks like it's in worse shape than Adrian Peterson's knee.

The bill was sacked last night by the House Government Operations and Elections Committee, which killed in with a 9-6 vote. Afterward, the chief author of the House bill, Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said it would require someone to "pull a rabbit out of a hat for this thing to stay alive."

So with no new stadium, the Vikings are goners now, right? Not so fast, said Gov. Mark Dayton today.

Dayton said he's "very disappointed" by the bill's failure in the House, but seems to believe the legislature will get one last do-or-die shot at a Vikings stadium bill next session.

"We've got to get a stadium next year or the Vikings will leave. I mean it's just as clear as that," Dayton said. "We can't have it both ways. We can't not do a new stadium and have the Vikings remain here for very long."

"If we don't get it this session, we'll get it next session," he added.

Like Dayton, Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said he's "very disappointed" following last night's vote. He again stopped short of playing the see-you-in-LA card, but said he "would ask the state, 'What else do you expect us to do?'"

Hmm... here's a thought -- how about pay for a greater share of the new stadium's costs?

Previous coverage:
-- Majority of Minneapolis City Council now supports Vikings stadium
-- Pro-Vikings stadium group releases pro-stadium poll, sparking Twitter controversy
-- Vikings, Rybak, Dayton, pro-Vikes legislators finally unveil stadium plan
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truckload_bear
truckload_bear

Dead? Good. The Vikings can afford 2/3 of the costs easily.  BTW comparisons to the Guthrie and Walker are bullshit. (Unless someone can point to a group of investors who enrich their personal fortunes from the profits of those two orgs.)

Just Say No
Just Say No

The right thing to do is to say no to extortionist whiners like the Vikings.  Furthermore, a casino does not fit with downtown Minneapolis.  Do we really want to be Detroit?

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Why not let the Native Indian Tribe pay the 400 million like they said they would? Why is Dayton and the legislature against the White Earth Tribe? It isn't even talked about. No taxpayer money and we get a  job creating casino to boot. Jobs, more tax revenue from a 50% split and more attractions for conventions. Why is Dayton not jumping all over that?

h.s
h.s

The Vikings are asking for the state to chip in way less of a percentage than the Twins stadium required and they had a stadium that they played just fine in for years too. Why did the Twins want to leave the Metrodome? Because it SUCKS. No one wants to see games there, no one wants to play there. No OTHER organizations want to use it either. And don't say you don't care about it because the Vikings suck, the Twins suck too. At least the Vikings were one play away from the Superbowl a few years ago. And, the stadium isn't ONLY used for football! If it was a better venue, it could be used a lot more year round which is more money for everyone and more jobs.

A new stadium can bring a lot to a city. People need to quit being so narrow minded. Most all stadiums are publicly funded, a lot more than what the Vikings are asking for.

Snazzbubble
Snazzbubble

I like the last line of this article - "how about pay for a greater share of the new stadium's costs?"  - I couldn't agree more.

Addicted
Addicted

3 words. Mystic Lake lobbyist's.

They (our legislature) doesn't want to lose that steady stream. They (our legislature) are addicted. They (our legislature) have been very well trained.

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

 I'll let someone who cares a lot more debunk the rest of your post, but you realize that you contradict yourself when you say "No OTHER organizations want to use it either", then turn around and say "And, the stadium isn't ONLY used for football!" Which is it?

PS: Those other groups don't care if the Vikings have enough luxury boxes, last I checked.

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

Exactly. They have a place to play here, with a brand new field and roof. If they're going to turn their nose up at it, then good luck to them in LA. Is Roski still asking for 30% ownership of the team that moves out there to play in his stadium?

h.s
h.s

Read again please - No one other organizations want to use the Metrodome how it is now. Everyone hates it and it doesn't bring anything new to the city, except a few monster truck rallies. If we got a NEW stadium, people WOULD want it and organizations would bring in other things besides football. A pro soccer team has been mentioned as one huge new addition. 

Please keep on debunking me. 

h.s
h.s

I work at the Metrodome. Besides a handful of college baseball games and a few special events and concerts, it's mostly just open for people to walk or rollerblade in. The Vikings are the only tenants. If it were a better stadium, there would be more permanent tenants. I just looked at the Metrodome's calendar and there are only about 25 events scheduled from now until the end of August. Not very impressive.

Jeremy B
Jeremy B

 Thanks, my reading comprehension is just fine.

So you're not contradicting yourself, you're straight out lying. The whole push behind "the people's stadium" is all of the other groups who can use it, in addition to the Vikings. This ignores the fact that these groups are ALREADY using the Metrodome (the stat I hear most often is that it is in use 300 days/year). If they're complaining, I haven't heard a lot of it. The only complaints I've been hearing are from the Vikings owners and their spoiled fans.

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