Wilf “Optimistic” About Dome Site; L.A. Off the Market for Now
After three hours of discussions on Wednesday, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and Governor Mark Dayton emerged with no firm stadium solution-but Wilf is reportedly warming to the prospect of building at the Metrodome site.
Following the meeting with Dayton, Wilf said he is “optimistic” that a new stadium could work at the Metrodome site, but he still doesn't consider the Arden Hills plan dead, according to a report by the Star Tribune.
That marks a shift from earlier this week, when the Vikings said they were frustrated by Dayton's insistence that the Metrodome site is the only option for a new stadium if a stadium bill is to gain approval from the Legislature this year.
Despite the Wednesday discussion, the team is still holding out hope that the project can be built in Arden Hills, according to the Star Tribune.Senator Julie Rosen, the chief Senate stadium legislation author, said Ramsey County has until the end of the week to submit a new financing plan to replace a local food and beverage tax, which Rosen said lacked legislative support.
Read the Minneapolis newspaper's full report here.
One lingering factor in the stadium debate has been the possibility of Los Angeles, which been seeking an NFL team, trying to lure the Vikings to California. But the NFL on Wednesday declared that the Los Angeles market is “dead,” at least for 2012, according to a report by the Pioneer Press.
With the prospect of relocation off the table, Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley told the St. Paul newspaper that the team is “100 percent focused on getting this deal done in Minnesota. We are encouraged by today's progress and feel the stadium is positioned to get resolved during this session.”