Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Vikings stadium

I doubted this day would ever happen. I assumed that the assholes on the City Council would prevail and would sink this.

The Legislature now has first and goal at the one yard line. 50-50 they screw it up.
A majority of the Minneapolis City Council now backs Mayor R.T. Rybak's plan to fund a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis, setting up a last-ditch effort by Gov. Mark Dayton to persuade reluctant Republican legislators to support the project.
The surprise announcement Monday that seven council members had signed letters of support seemed unlikely just a week ago, when seven members publicly opposed the plan. But after heavy lobbying by stadium backers, including Gov. Mark Dayton, Council Member Sandra Colvin Roy abandoned her insistence on a citywide referendum and gave Rybak the majority he needs.

"I didn't change my mind," Colvin Roy said Monday. "I made up my mind."

The deal is far from done, however. Legislators were still scrambling Monday to obtain an agreement with charities over the use of charitable gambling funds to pay for the state portion of the stadium. It is also uncertain whether there are enough votes at the Legislature to pass the plan.

"Now [the] motion shifts over here to the Legislature," Rybak said at a state Capitol news conference. "If the Legislature acts, the City Council will act as well."
We probably can't create something on par with Soldier Field or Lambeau. But Target Field set a high bar. They need to build a 100 year stadium for the Vikes, not a 30 year stadium.