Minnesota governor threatening to torpedo stadium deal
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has threatened to undermine the stadium plan he helped push into motion earlier this year.
In a letter to Vikings ownership, Dayton has suggested he will torpedo the deal if the Vikings look to pass on costs to season-ticket holders.
“The project's strong support came from many regular Minnesotans, not just rich Minnesotans, because they believed the Vikings are also their team,” Dayton wrote in his letter, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “If a new stadium were to betray that trust, it would be better that it not be built.”
Dayton doesn’t believe fans should help the team come up with its portion of stadium financing through personal seat licenses.
“I strongly oppose shifting any part of the team’s responsibility for those costs onto Minnesota Vikings fans,” Dayton wrote. “The Private Contribution is your responsibility, not theirs. I said this new stadium would be a ‘People’s Stadium,’ not a ‘Rich People’s Stadium.’ I meant it then, and I mean it now.”
It seems a little odd to think that Dayton didn’t consider PSL’s would be a part of the formula all along. It would be surprising if the deal was undone at this point. That would heat up Los Angeles talks in a hurry.
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