We mentioned on Sunday morning that this week would be a big week on the stadium front in Minnesota. And the action began right away on Monday afternoon, with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton holding a press conference at the State Capitol to announce his intention to call a special session in November.
The key word in the above paragraph is “intention.” Governor Dayton has not called a special session as of right now, but he indicated he would do so if progress can be made on a stadium proposal. An agreement must be reached between lawmakers and the Governor that limits the scope of the special session to the stadium topic and, specifically, to the financing package.
The framework of the financial package has been determined – the State will contribute $300 million, Ramsey County will pitch in $350 million, and the Vikings will pay the rest, including cost over-runs and operating expenses.
The point of the Governor’s announcement on Monday, which also included a potential start date of November 21, was to put this issue squarely in focus and have all sides “put your cards on the table.”
“We’re very grateful and appreciative of Governor Dayton and State leaders having serious discussions on this issue,” Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs/Stadium Development Lester Bagley said on Monday.
Governor Dayton has informed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of his intention to call a special session and asked for the League’s support. Speaking of the NFL, representatives from the League are scheduled to be in town tomorrow to assess the stadium situation in Minnesota.
Monday was a good start to the week for the Vikings and Vikings fans. Expect more developments throughout the week.
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