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Minnesota Governor Threatens to Nix Vikings Stadium Deal

  • Shane Richardson

Per a report from Minnesota Star Tribune’s Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, the Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, has threatened to nix the stadium deal if the building costs are passed on to fans. The sticking points started with the Vikings agreeing not to play more than three “home” games in London (or elsewhere overseas); they agreed to count the upcoming 2013 game as one of those games, but then apparently began trying to jockey for an additional game. Gov. Dayton’s angst is understandable and his point that if the state of Minnesota is working to build the Vikings a nearly $1 billion stadium, they should choose to play there, rather than solicit to play “home” games elsewhere. In addition to this, Gov. Dayton’s office appears to have received word that the Vikings’ ownership, Zygi and Mark Wilf, are attempting to shift part of the “private contribution” building costs to season ticket holders. Gov. Dayton strongly worded letter also states the Vikings are not playing in a “Rich People’s Stadium”; rather, it is a stadium to be enjoyed by all Vikings’ fans. I applaud Gov. Dayton for looking out for his constituents; however, with his letter it appears the Vikings could soon be back in the discussion for a move to Farmer’s Field in Los Angeles.  See the full Gov. Dayton letter below:

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