Best Bet For New Vikings Stadium Is With A Special Session.
If nothing happens on a Vikings stadium vote once the state budget problem is solved, the hot rumor around the Capitol is to look for a special session of the Legislature to be called by Gov. Mark Dayton in September to vote on the Arden Hills stadium bill.
The pressure for solving the $5 billion budget deficit will be over and probably forgotten by then.
The September date also might be a better time to pass a bill if the Vikings are playing football by then and have won a couple of games. That also would mean that Vikings fans would be excited about football, with the team’s games consistently drawing the best ratings of any television show in the Upper Midwest and with every home game at the Metrodome sold out for the past 13 seasons.
Before Dayton calls the special session, he would want to be sure that the bill will pass.
With everything shut down these days, the mood might not be right for a vote on the stadium bill this month. And by September, the road problems around the former ammunition plant site, as well as other variables that haven’t been settled yet, could be worked out.
No doubt the state budget is the first priority. Once it gets solved the Vikings best bet will definitely be through a special session called by Dayton. A new stadium needs to be secured, things will only get more expensive and ugly if this issue rides out another year. SKOL VIKES.