Dayton On Vikings Stadium Proposals 19 Jan 12

Just days before lawmakers launch their 2012 session, Governor Dayton is pushing all parties to reach agreement on an acceptable site for a new Vikings stadium. Dayton says the Vikings’ preferred site – Arden Hills in Ramsey County – faces serious financing questions. He says if those cannot be resolved, the Linden Avenue site in downtown Minneapolis might be the best option. Dayton says there are issues with building on Linden Avenue, but also with constructing a new stadium on the current Metrodome site. Dayton says the Vikings would have to kick in $700-million for the Arden Hills site if Ramsey County cannot raise sufficient revenue for a stadium. He also says that the Shakopee stadium proposal is probably not viable because it contains no local funding. He says proposed “Racino” funding may take years to materialize. A “working group” of legislators met in St. Paul on Wednesday in an attempt to craft a single stadium bill that can be placed before lawmakers, who convene their new session next Tuesday.