Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday he’s preparing for a meeting with team owners and other major Vikings stadium players that he hopes will yield a deal in principle to move ahead with the project at the Metrodome site.
Dayton’s comments come a day after he said the Metrodome site was the only viable plan on the table because of a host of problems associated with both an Arden Hills site and a Linden Ave. proposal near the Basilica.
He reiterated that on Tuesday, and called on lawmakers to put together a bill for the Metrodome proposal. “Let’s face up to this,” he said at a Capitol news conference, saying Minnesotans wanted to see their lawmakers “vote it up or down.”
Team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf will be in Minnesota Wednesday for a meeting focused on the Metrodome plan with the intent to reach a deal in principle to move forward. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Dayton, Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission head Ted Mondale, one lawmaker from each legislative caucus and other invited experts will join the meeting as well. No representatives of Ramsey County will be present at the meeting, Dayton said.
The Wilfs requested the meeting, Dayton said, adding that Zygi Wilf was “frustrated, [but] he wasn’t angry,” when Dayton told him he thought the Metrodome site was the only viable option remaining.
Vikings officials have been opposed to building at the Metrodome site and threw their full weight behind a proposal in Arden Hills. As that proposal’s prospects waned, the team warmed to a proposal lately to a plan for building at the so-called Linden Ave. site. Opposition from the nearby Basilica showed that proposal was unworkable, Dayton said, leaving the Metrodome as the only option this session.