A Revival of the Minneapolis Stadium Plan?
On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Governor Mark Dayton and state lawmakers who are sponsoring a bill for a new Vikings stadium to discuss what financial commitment the league would make-and Goodell will reportedly soon reveal details about how much money the league will pitch in.
But according to a report by the Pioneer Press, a key lawmaker involved in the stadium development is considering introducing a bill to finance the stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Minnesota Senator Julie Rosen, chief co-sponsor of a framework stadium bill that was already introduced, told the St. Paul newspaper that she is considering two alternatives. The first would involve amending the existing bill to reflect the Arden Hills stadium plan. That proposal-which has the Vikings' support and was announced by the team and Ramsey County last week-carries a $1 billion price tag and could require expensive highway and infrastructure rehabilitation to accommodate the traffic associated with a professional sports stadium.
Rosen's other option, according to the Pioneer Press, would be to introduce two bills-one for Arden Hills and another for the $895 million proposal floated by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak that would put the stadium at the Metrodome site.
But Lester Bagley, the Vikings' vice president of public affairs and stadium development, told the Pioneer Press that the Minneapolis plan is “not a viable proposal,” and “introducing legislation doesn't make any sense and we will not support it.”