Minn. Senate GOP Lukewarm Toward NFL Stadium Discussions

Minnesota Republicans have been lukewarm toward Gov. Mark Dayton's efforts to start a discussion about the approval of a new stadium for the state's NFL franchise.
by | October 18, 2011

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has expressed a desire to jumpstart a conversation about the future of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium, but the state Senate Republican Caucus sent out a statement questioning the governor's approach, MinnPost reports.

The National Football League team's lease at the Vikings' current home, the Metrodome, expires at the end of the 2011 season and state leaders are hoping to produce new plans for a new stadium.

One looming question that the Senate GOP statement raised: How much will the state contribute to the estimated $1 billion in construction costs, if any? State Senate Republicans also rebuked Dayton for failing to take a stance on where the stadium should be built. Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reports that potential sites for the stadium could be in Arden Hills in Ramsey County, or Minneapolis.

MPR reports that Dayton had announced his willingness to call a November special session regarding the stadium and has plans to meet with NFL and Vikings officials this week. The Vikings have been one of the franchises named in rumors that could potentially head to Los Angeles, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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