Contact Us

Vikings One Step Closer To Leaving As Legislators Call For Vote On Stadium?

Vikings rookie quarterback Christian Ponder - Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

No stadium, no more Minnesota Vikings.  Even if you aren’t a sports fan, if you live in Minnesota you must realize the millions of dollars in revenue the state will lose if they leave.  Meanwhile the average citizen would feel zero impact in regards to the cost to build it.   The Minnesota Twins got a stadium with out a vote and it has rejuvenated the area and has been a boon for area businesses and the state.  If Minnesota starts to lose professional sports franchises, then Minnesota becomes Iowa — only colder.

 

The state’s top two legislative leaders now want local voters to have a say in a new Minnesota Vikings stadium project, a move that potentially creates a major obstacle for the plan.

“I’d like to see a referendum in Ramsey County,” said Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch, R-Buffalo, on Thursday. Koch added that there “should be a referendum” regardless of where the stadium is built.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, said he also wants a countywide vote wherever the stadium is built. “I like the idea of having a referendum,” Zellers said.

The owners of the Vikings have an agreement with Ramsey County officials to build a more than $1 billion stadium at the old U.S. Army munitions plant in Arden Hills. But stadium backers believe that voters would be likely to reject a countywide half-cent sales tax planned to fund the project.

“I think that puts the kibosh on the stadium project,” said Republican Rep. Morrie Lanning, the chief House author of the stadium proposal. Nodding to the team’s lease at the Metrodome that expires after this year, he added: “The Vikings will be sold, and they will move.”

Lanning said the chances of a special legislative session this year for a Vikings stadium subsidy package are now “slim.”

He said there is no longer enough time to resolve the project’s financing package and surrounding road issues and then round up the votes needed for passage.

Instead, the stadium plan would probably have to wait until legislators convene in late January, Lanning said.

“The reality is, it’s too late to do a referendum this year,” said Lanning, of Moorhead. “If you do a referendum next year, you can just about [say] goodbye to any hopes on the stadium.”

The referendum positions taken by Koch and Zellers are the latest in a string of seesaw stadium developments this week, including word that the Vikings might be willing to raise their financial stake in a new stadium and Gov. Mark Dayton’s openness to allowing Ramsey County voters to weigh in on the proposal.

Koch dismissed the idea that requiring a referendum would in effect doom the project, although polls have consistently shown that public subsidies for a Vikings stadium are opposed by a large majority of Minnesotans. “I don’t necessarily buy that,” she said.

A Vikings stadium proposal introduced earlier this year — and led by Lanning and Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont — would have allowed a county to go ahead with the project without a referendum.

via Legislators call for vote on stadium | StarTribune.com.

More from B105

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kkcb.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on B105 TODAYS BEST COUNTRY quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on B105 TODAYS BEST COUNTRY quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!