Roger Goodell to meet with Minnesota governor

With less than a week remaining in the legislative session in Minnesota, the NFL is making a final push to help secure a new stadium for the Vikings.

Commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to meet with Gov. Mark Dayton early today, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune, at the governor’s mansion.

Rep. Morrie Lanning, who helped draft the legislation for the current plan which has the team landing in Arden Hills, has also been invited to the meeting. The proposed $1 billion stadium faces considerable obstacles, the most glaring being the $200 million in needed roadwork that isn’t accounted for in the project. Opponents to the plan are preparing to challenge what will be a half-cent sales tax hike in Ramsey County too.

The Vikings, in the current plan, are scheduled to pay for $407 million of the project. Lanning wants to know if that number can go north or if the NFL will be able to kick in money for the retractable-roof stadium.

“We would hope that would be a possibility, too,” Lanning said.

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