Vikings must continue to wait in bid for new stadium

A new stadium for the Vikings will not be on the agenda for the legislature’s special session next week in Minnesota.

Lawmakers are working overtime to hammer out a budget that will end the government’s two-week shutdown there, and pairing that critical issue with a stadium plan isn’t going to happen, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“There's not a lot of support for cutting people off health care, cutting jobs, then turning around and authorizing bonding for a stadium," Rep. Michael Nelson, a co-sponsor of the stadium bill, told the Star Tribune.

So, that means the matter is pushed back indefinitely at this point. That might not necessarily be a bad thing when you consider all the fine details have yet to be worked out, key ones like how will funds be raised for necessary roadwork around the proposed site for the stadium in Arden Hills.

Gov. Mark Dayton has said he will consider calling a special legislative session in the fall to handle the stadium bill, but there is no guarantee that will happen.

The Vikings are adamant that progress toward the new stadium needs to happen now. The team is heading into the final year of its lease at the Metrodome. Owner Zygi Wilf reportedly called Dayton Friday and said “the time is now” for a stadium.

Right now, a state budget is a much more pressing issue. And so the Vikings wait.

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