ST. PAUL, Minn. – Gov. Mark Dayton and a key state lawmaker say a new Minnesota Vikings stadium must be built at the current site of the Metrodome to secure any kind of state funding this year.
Dayton said Tuesday that two other potential sites are not politically achievable at this time. And Republican state Sen. Julie Rosen says she agrees with Dayton, and she expects to introduce a stadium bill soon with the Metrodome as the chosen site. The bill would include state funding for the multimillion-dollar project.
Spokesmen for the team did not return calls. The Metrodome site had been the team’s least favourite of the three options. Dayton says owner Zygi Wilf expressed frustration about the turn of events on Monday.
Dayton says he and lawmakers are meeting team officials Wednesday.