New state government in Minnesota could help stadium push
A new state government in Minnesota might be more inclined to help the Vikings find a way to get a new stadium deal done, but nothing is a sure thing for the organization, which has an expiring lease at the outdated Metrodome following the 2011 season.
Mike Kaszuba of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that new Republican leaders have talked about the need to address the stadium issue. The Vikings fought hard to push a measure through state government earlier this year but the plan was foiled and it never got the momentum needed to succeed. The Vikings, according to the report, have already reached out to incoming Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch.
Balancing the state budget is the No. 1 project on all lawmakers’ minds, but the state risks losing the Vikings, who have been adamant that they will not renew a lease at the Metrodome unless a plan to build a new stadium is finalized.
"I think, one way or another, it's going to be addressed this session," Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Kaszuba. "The question is whether or not it's resolved. It's not going to go away."
Some are not as enthusiastic about the idea, and the public has been strongly opposed to the use of public funds to help the Vikings get a new building.
"I'm a rabid football fan," House Speaker-elect Kurt Zellers said, per the report. "Is the Metrodome the best place to watch football? Not really. But will it suffice until we can find something? Yeah."
Can they find something in time to ensure the Vikings don’t pack up their belongings and head elsewhere?
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