There’s a huge battle going on in Minnesota right now over whether or not to subsidize the Minnesota Vikings new stadium. If you’re a regular reader of SportsFans.org, you’re well aware of the history of this battle, but if not, click here for some old posts.
In the latest developments, Minnesota Republicans are apparently pushing a roofless stadium plan (roof could be added on later) but Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton isn’t happy. It remains to be seen how this will turn out, but it will likely be resolved one way or another in the next few days, as legislators are trying to adjourn for the year to go home and campaign. Click here for more.
Sports Fans Coalition continues to stress that 1) if the Vikings want a new stadium, they should pay for their own 2) there is no real threat of the team leaving Minnesota because there’s no alternative stadium in place anywhere else 3) the people of Minneapolis must have a public vote if they are expected to kick in $150 million and 4) if the state and Minneapolis voters do agree to use public money build a new stadium, there should be certain caveats like affordable seating and a ban on television blackouts.
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