Debate over Vikings stadium site continues

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May 9, 2011 // UPDATED 10:59 am - May 11, 2011
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss

Despite the announced partnership between the Vikings and Ramsey County, the Arden Hills stadium site is far from a done deal. State legislators from both parties have decried the plan, and Governor Mark Dayton has reiterated his stance that the required infrastructure upgrades would be too expensive. Mayor RT Rybak has issued a congratulatory statement to Ramsey County, but has also made it clear that Minneapolis has not conceded the project.

“Both Minneapolis and Ramsey County want the Vikings to stay in Minnesota; congratulations to them for progress,” Mayor Rybak said in a statement. “We will continue to work on our practical, affordable plan for two world-class facilities and $50 million in property tax relief.”

While the Minneapolis proposal is significantly more affordable than the Ramsey County plan, a recent Star Tribune poll showed widespread opposition to any public financing for a new stadium. Of the 804 Minnesotans polled, over 60 percent believe that the Vikings should simply continue to play in the Metrodome. The poll also showed no clear preference for either site, with the Metrodome site edging out the Arden Hills site, 24 to 22 percent.

However, the poll is more favorable to the Target Center renovations included in the Minneapolis plan. Public funding for the project was supported by 55 percent of respondents.