Vikings stadium deal has to wait

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE and ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: July 16, 2011 - 1:12 AM

"I'd be strung up" for adding the bill to budget session, Senate sponsor says.

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kopendorfJul. 15, 11 9:27 PM

The Arden Hills stadium is all but dead. Dayton had a chance to pull it off, but spent all of his political capital on the government shutdown. I'm sure he realizes he is now on very shaky ground with the public and that a stadium with his name on it would be the final nail in his coffin. Forget it, it's over.

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doghunt3Jul. 15, 11 9:32 PM

Millionaire football players and Viking staff can contribute 15% of their salaries to financing and building a stadium of their own. Then raise ticket prices $5 per seat and viola - NO taxpayer money is needed.

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thecolonel63Jul. 15, 11 9:34 PM

Methinks the legislature may as well not meet in session, anymore, since they cant get their work done when they do. Just have a bunch of Special Sessions year-round.

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hodgie999Jul. 15, 1110:18 PM

I have said it before and will say it again...if I am the Wilfs I pack up and leave tomorrow. It's unfortunately clear this state does not appreciate everything the team brings to the community so I would not exhaust anymore effort and pack up and leave over night ala Norm Green.

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mngoldJul. 15, 1110:28 PM

Thank you Representative Hausmann for having your priorities straight and thinking in the best interest of MN!

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mngoldJul. 15, 1110:32 PM

hodgie999 - we could only be so lucky.

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freedubayJul. 15, 1110:35 PM

hodgie, Wilf has no where to go just like when ol'Carl tired to leave town. The LA group wants to own the team and Zygi likes being 1 of 30 people in the world who own a National Football League team. Don't worry about the LA group buying your purple puppets they have no money. The 700 million from Farmers Ins is going into help building the stadium, they are a King without clothes.

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evenmorejustJul. 15, 1110:35 PM

Why and who is Senator Julie Rosen? Why is an out-state Senator planning a stadium NOT in her district??? No taxpayer stadium! No bailouts for the NFL making $9 billion dollars in profit! I will be amazed if the Red Star Tribune publishes this comment!!!!

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RossbergJul. 15, 1110:35 PM

I don't believe the votes will ever be there to push this through. No one will want to go near any proposal to spend hundreds of millions for a new stadium with the state budget having been resolved this way and the certainty of more deficits in the future. Wait until the public hearings start. Every group who had to take a cut in the budget along with the Mayor and City Council of St. Paul will be there screaming against this. In the end the only plans that may pass will be a stadium bill with a referendum provision or the refurbishing of the Metrodome since no one is going to want to tear it down right after it got a new roof. But I still don't see anything happening on this at all until next year when the shutdown and budget battles are a more distant memory.

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mankato58Jul. 15, 1110:39 PM

hodgie999 Jul. 15, 11 10:18 PM I have said it before and will say it again...if I am the Wilfs I pack up and leave tomorrow. It's unfortunately clear this state does not appreciate everything the team brings to the community so I would not exhaust anymore effort and pack up and leave over night ala Norm Green. ___________ All they bring to us??? I'm not sure my last post will make it, but I will move on. A couple years ago I saw a study printed that showed how the money invested in the Metrodome and other subsidies given the Vikings had come back to us with a little increase over the first 25 years of the dome. This study used taxes paid by players and team, income earned by workers at the dome and on game days, money spent on all the little things around the gamse, increased revenue at bars and eateries, and it even used the famous chamber of commerce theory that each dollar spent in a community benefits the community a few times over. Beyond all the fuzzy study tactics it also left out the idea that if people hadn't spent their money at a Vikings game they still would have spent at least some of it on something else in the State. Sports are a luxury, and an expensive one at that. There are many other programs, both neccessities and luxuries that good do wonders for the State at a fraction of what Ziggy wants from us.

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