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Will They Stay Or Will They Go? The Minnesota Vikings May Have A Friday Deadline For Stadium

Remember when the Minnesota North Stars left?  The first thing the state did was put together a plan to get an NHL franchise back.  If the Minnesota Vikings leave, that will happen again but there are no guarantees of the state getting another team nor would it be deserving of one if they lose the Vikings.  The difference is right now the state and Vikings have an opportunity to work things out, if both sides sincerely want to.  If they don't I believe we'll see the Minnesota Vikings move to L.A.

Minnesota Vikings owners and Gov. Mark Dayton emerged from a summitmeeting Tuesday pledging to try to plug by Friday a funding hole of up to $131 million in the team's proposed new $1 billion Arden Hills home.

That hole appeared no smaller after Dayton reiterated

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There's No Place Like Dome?

Dayton: Vikings Should Pay Up To Half The Cost Of New Stadium

The governor has never publicly said what he thought the team should cover and now perhaps his comments will begin a negotiating process?  I would love to see the Vikings get a stadium and I think using casino revenues and an increase in sports merchandise tax is a good path for public costs so it won't impact everyone.  While Vikings brass may not want to pay that much out of pocket, they must be happy that there is a conversation on topic rather than indifference.
Gov. Mark Dayton, the most important booster at the State Capitol for a subsidized Minnesota Vikings stadium, said Monday that the team should pay more than they've publicly committed for the stadium.

Vikings officials say the team would pay a third of the cost of a roofless stadium, estimated at about $700 million. The stadium bill recently introduced also puts the team's contribution at a third of the cost, requiring at least $1 for every $2 of state and local money.

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