Minnesota governor chooses right man to lead stadium bid

New Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton seems to understand the urgency at hand to get a new stadium built for the Vikings.

The team’s lease at the Metrodome expires after the 2011 season and with no finalized agreement on a new stadium in place, they could be Los Angeles-bound or anywhere else far away from the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

"I would say it must be done this year,” Dayton said, according to Mike Kaszuba of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “This (legislative) session.”

The man Dayton selected for the job of facilitating the project is Ted Mondale, the son of former vice president Walter Mondale. He will head the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. As the report indicates, Mondale has succeeded with major projects. He led the way to the construction of the state’s first light rail system.

What does Mondale think of a bid for a new stadium for the Vikings?

“(It may be an) impossible task, (but) I think if it's doable, this is the year we do it,” he said.

Dayton’s selection was shrewd. Mondale was boyhood friends with Roger Goodell and has previously served on the Vikings’ board of advisers. He is resigning from that position to remove a conflict of interest.

The public is sharply opposed to the use of taxpayer dollars for a new stadium. Mondale’s challenge awaits him.

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