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Vikings Stadium Proposal Discussions Not A Part Of Special Session Docket

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 7:27 am

It looks like the Minnesota Vikings won’t get a chance to address their current stadium needs in the special legislative session that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton called Tuesday.

Dayton and lawmakers are hammering out a deal that will end the state government shutdown in Minnesota, but it doesn’t appear that any discussions about a new stadium for the Vikings is on the docket.

Governor Dayton won’t commit to a second legislative session later in the year for addressing the issue.

“I haven’t decided.  It’s not ready to be considered at this point,” Dayton told the Associated Press.  “We’ll have to see if negotiations proceed to a point where it can be. . . .  I take calling a special session very seriously and something I would not do routinely.  It would have to be circumstances that compel it, and, again, I don’t know whether those will occur or not.”

Dayton has been vocal about his support for a new stadium deal as he views it as a jobs creation effort.

Nevertheless, the Vikings and their fans will continue to wait. The team’s lease in the Metrodome ends after the 2011 season, and without a new facility going forward, the Vikings could consider moving the franchise to a different state.

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