“There’s not yet a stadium proposal with a complete and sufficient financial plan,” Dayton said. “No site’s sponsor has adequately resolved the major unanswered questions in order to merit the approval to proceed.”
Dayton said he was disappointed that neither the Vikings nor Minneapolis or Ramsey County had come forward with workable finance, site and political plans. He called the proposal submitted by Minneapolis last week “meager.”
“You can’t make a decision until you have all the facts,” Dayton said.
In particular, Dayton all but ruled out the Arden Hills site in Ramsey County that Vikings execs prefer, insisting that it’s “not financially viable” and that “unless the Legislature is willing to change its insistence on a voter referendum before Ramsey County can impose any kind of tax increase, the only two feasible sites become the Metrodome and Linden Avenue, both in Minneapolis.” But the Minneapolis sites have issues as well, not least that nobody’s quite sure how to pay for them either.
Meanwhile, the chief stadium bill author in the Minnesota state house, Rep. Morrie Lanning, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that while Dayton may have picked a front-running site, he has not: “I’m telling you, as stadium author, that’s not where I’m at.” At the same time, the rector of the Basilica of St. Mary, which is adjacent to the proposed Linden Avenue site, reiterated his opposition to the plan, saying he’s concerned about both traffic issues and possible damage to the basilica from construction.
And as for the Metrodome, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s favored site? The Star Trib reports:
Dayton said the Metrodome location could work for a new stadium, but he was concerned that in 30 years, the site had never spurred any nearby economic development.
Ah, yes, let’s blame the Metrodome site for that. Because everyone knows that all other stadiums have sparked huge development booms nearby.