After it finally seemed certain the Minnesota Vikings would get their new stadium earlier this year, more questions have now been raised after Governor Mark Dayton wrote a pointed letter to the team’s owners Tuesday. Dayton has growing concerns about cost of the new stadium being unnecessarily passed onto fans.
“The project’s strong support came from many regular Minnesotans, not just rich Minnesotans, because they believed the Vikings are also their team,” Dayton wrote. “If a new stadium were to betray that trust, it would be better that it not be built.”
“I strongly oppose shifting any part of the team’s responsibility for those costs onto Minnesota Vikings fans. This Private Contribution is your responsibility. Not theirs. I said this new stadium would be a ‘People’s Stadium,’ not a ‘Rich People’s Stadium.’ I meant it then, and I mean it now.”
This comes on the heels of a survey that was sent out to season ticket holders last week asking their thoughts on paying extra ‘stadium builder’s license’ fees, which would guarantee them the best possible seats.The stadium financing plan would dictate that the extra money generated from these fees would count towards the team’s share of the approximately $975 million dollar deal, which is about $477 million.
Obviously Governor Dayton is not a fan of this, and thus the letter was sent to owners Mark Wilf and Zygi Wilf.
At this point I would really hope the Vikings’ owners would just say fine, and not include this ‘extra’ money towards their portion of the deal. The franchise has come too far to turn back now, and not compromising at this point is just idiotic.
More on this to come as the Wilf’s respond…