Dayton Looking for New Revenue Source for Stadium 09 May 13

The Dayton administration is working on a new revenue source to pay the state’s portion of a new Vikings stadium — but the governor won’t say what it is, because he “wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise.” The governor says sports memorabilia is “not currently” part of the proposal to back-up faltering e-pulltab revenues, nor would the Vikings have to kick in more money. Republican Senator Sean Nienow [[ NEE'-noe ]] says he has no idea what the new revenue source is — but it has to be something like shifting funds around or creating a new lottery game. Nienow adds it has to be a permanent solution because a fund shift for one year is “not gonna get us there.”

The Vikings will reportedly play at TCF Bank Stadium in 2014 and 2015 while their new stadium is built on the old Metrodome site. The Vikings and Golden Gophers have reached a facility use agreement and the University of Minnesota Board of Regents will vote on the matter today.