State Legislators Introduce Stadium Bill

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 3, 2010 – 11:20 am

Today during a news conference at the state Capitol, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill to build a new multi-purpose stadium that would house Vikings home games as well as a bevy of other events throughout the year. It was an important moment in the Vikings efforts to resolve the stadium issue.

To view the full video of the bill introduction, click here.

With local business and labor leaders also present at the unveiling of the bill, lawmakers touched on several reasons why they think it’s important to build the stadium and also why the timing is appropriate.

– State Rep. Loren Solberg (DFL – Grand Rapids), chief-author of the bill in the House, opened the news conference by saying he was fortunate enough to attend the first ever Vikings game in Minnesota and remembers the team energizing its fans and the state. Rep. Solberg said he believes the Vikings continue to be a source of energy (and economic impact) that is worth retaining in Minnesota.

– Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), Chairman of the Senate taxes committee and the bill’s chief sponsor, explained that the stadium project would add thousands of jobs in the construction trade, which has been hit hard by recent economic conditions, and he also pointed out that finance rates are low and the costs of the project will only rise next year.

– An important factor to remember in this stadium bill is that the venue would be multi-use, with over 200 calendar days being booked for events and the Vikings using it 10 times per year for home games. Dave Nelson, head football coach at Minnetonka High School, was at the event and spoke about the impact a new stadium would have on high school athletes and their communities, fans and schools.

After giving statements about the bill, legislators fielded questions from a large gathering of reporters. As you’d expect, questions regarding funding were the hot topic.

The bill calls for funding to be provided by only those who would benefit from the stadium, with the Vikings picking up a big chuck of the price tag and then the remaining funding coming from sources such as a sports memorabilia tax and taxes on hotels and rental cars.

State Rep. Morrie Lanning (R-Moorhead), also a co-author of the bill, said in his opening comments that he’s concluded the majority of Minnesota citizens can agree on 2 things: 1) they want the Vikings to remain in Minnesota and 2) they don’t want general fund monies subsidizing a new stadium. Lanning clearly believes the bill unveiled Monday accomplishes both of those tasks.

“Purple Pride reigns in Minnesota, and people overwhelmingly want the Vikings to stay in Minnesota for many years to come,” Rep. Lanning said. “Keeping the Vikings in Minnesota will require a local government partner as well as enabling state legislation.

“If the Vikings were to leave, Minnesota would lose a state asset and $20 million dollars or more in tax revenue every year,” Lanning continued. “That’s money we use to fund our schools, nursing homes, and public safety. As we work to rebuild Minnesota’s economy, we have to do everything within reason to maintain our quality of life and keep our state moving toward economic recovery.”

Go for more details on the bill that was introduced on Monday.

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16 Responses to “State Legislators Introduce Stadium Bill”

  1. By Dody Preiner on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    Why not build the stadium in Blaine???

  2. By terry on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    about times

  3. By jbork88 on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    mike, do you know who are zome potential local government partners? just asking casue pawlenty said that would be something they would need to make this successful.

  4. By Bigfan1 on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    Fantastic, I’m so happy the legislators pushing it are fans and getting across how much Minnesotans want this stadium.

  5. By jbork88 on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    house majority leader called it a “tall order” whatever that means. and “long odds” but that was true for the twins stadium too

  6. By Bob the Packer Backer on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    I am and always will be a packer fan and a viking hater………that said I sure dont want them to move ………….getter done

  7. By jbork88 on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    lol bob

  8. By Steve on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to know the planned capacity for football events. Hopefully it will exceed minimum 75,000 people.

  9. By Lito on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    Minnesotans deserve a state-of-the-art multipurpose stadium. Good luck!

  10. By Steven N on May 3, 2010 | Reply


  11. By Andy on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    20 years at the old Met = 4 Super Bowls
    Almost 30 years at the stale Metrodome = ZERO!!!!!!!!!

    Enough said, Forget the roof, save some money, and bring back the thrill of watching the mighty Norsemen
    on cold winter sundays pulverize their opponents….

  12. By mnsoldier on May 3, 2010 | Reply

    Why does the stadium have to be state of the art, look at the Dallas dome, it is so biig most the upper level seats can see the field and have to look at that big screen that is a joke, build a good solid stadium that either be open or have one with the retract dome option i dont care, just to put to much techiy crud int to over price it and make the ticket to pricy to go to a game. Heck the casinos in the state could kick in 2% of their earnings and it would be paid for before it is built. And name it after them. Nut it should be large enough to fit more people than the dome does. 75000+ does seem like a minimum number

  13. By SayWHAT?! on May 4, 2010 | Reply

    @Bob the Packer Backer: I’m sorry, what was that? You said you will always hate the Vikings? How mature of you. The last time I checked, you guys didn’t want Favre back on board. Jets took him, then Vikings signed him. We beat you guys, THE “PACKERS”, twice last season. *snickers*… Talk about sore losers. I didn’t see you guys make it to the NFC Championship. Are you guys still mad that The Great Brett Favre made us famous? LOL!

  14. By Lito on May 4, 2010 | Reply

    Why not a retractable roof? Would it have a 100,000 seating capacity? Will the design be made public?

  15. By avg. joe on Sep 14, 2010 | Reply

    What a TOTAL waste of Taxpayers money!
    Buy the stadium yourself, Mr. $Billionaire! Stop sucking the peasants dry like Vlad the Impaler ok!

  16. By Andy on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Guess what people? We dont get to decide where all of OUR tax dollars go! I am plenty upset about how my tax dollars are used, especially for BILLIONAIRE BANKERS! But the fact is, I am a Vikings fan and I have no Problem with helping in a percentage of MINE and YOUR tax dollars for a new venue. Quit being HIPOCRITES! Your talk is cheap, just like mine, but at least make some sense and quit being so biased and one way minded.

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