No Stadium For Vikes?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 7:05 am

Gov. Mark Dayton says a legislative vote on a Minnesota Vikings stadium package is jeopardized by lingering concerns about current site options and how to pay for a new facility.

Dayton did not pick a preferred site Wednesday. He says competing plans in Minneapolis and Arden Hills are both currently inadequate.

The 2012 Legislative Session begins next week and the fate of a new Vikings stadium is expected to dominate. The team’s Metrodome lease expired at the end of the season that just wrapped up.

Dayton says the Arden Hills plan has been stymied by concerns about new taxes and whether a voter referendum would be required. He says two Minneapolis sites lack full vetting or wouldn’t provide enough return on investment.

Dayton expressed optimism the stadium issue could be resolved quickly if the questions are answered.

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