Poll shows Minnesotans opposed to public funds for stadium

Public opposition to the use of public funds to help build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings remains strong, according to a poll and report by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Considering the state is saddled with a $5.1 billion deficit right now, that news comes as no surprise. It took a surprisingly successful governmental push to get Target Field – the new home of the Minnesota Twins – constructed and what’s interesting is Mike Kaszuba of the Star Tribune reports the pollsters believe that effort was worth it.

Per the report, more than 60 percent of those polled are against the use of public funding for a new football stadium. However, 55 percent believe public financing for the baseball stadium was the right way to go, up from 48 percent just last fall. What does it all mean for the Vikings? That’s hard to say. There are less than two weeks remaining the state’s legislative session. The team might have an option for a downtown stadium and there is one that is perhaps going to come available in Ramsey County. Nothing is set and the Vikings could now be in a position where they need to kick in as much as 40 percent to get the project off the ground. No one can say if that is going to happen.

But the Vikings at least believe that once a stadium is built, the public attitude will shift in the same way it has for the baseball park.

“We expect that that same dynamic will play out,” Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said. “I think people are fatigued about stadium debates.”

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