Vikings meet with Gov. Dayton

Posted Oct. 19, 2011 @ 9:37 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton came away from a meeting with the Vikings Wednesday saying that he supports the site and plan favored by team owner Zygi Wilf.

The proposed stadium would be built in Arden Hills, a suburb of Minneapolis, on a former Army ammunition dump. The stadium would be funded on three levels — Ramsey County would raise $350 million through a half-cent sales tax increase plus $300 million from the state and $407 million in addition to any cost overruns by the Vikings.

There are a number of people in the state who want the new stadium to be built in Minneapolis. However, the Vikings have said they will only contribute to the building of a stadium in Arden Hills.

The Vikings released a statement after the meeting with the governor. It said:

"The Vikings and Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf are very pleased with today's discussion with Governor Dayton. We are appreciative of the Governor's willingness to move the issue forward this fall and the interest by legislative leaders to work collaboratively with all parties toward a final solution.

"… Today's constructive conversation was a continuation of several positive stadium developments in the last few days. The Vikings are committed to doing whatever we can, along with our local partner Ramsey County, the Legislature, Governor, our fans and the citizens of Minnesota to finalize a viable stadium proposal and begin construction as quickly as possible."