Governor Dayton Will Push For Vikings' Stadium Bill This Legislative Session

That's what Grandpa Sports is telling us, in any case.

Gov. Mark Dayton has promised the Vikings owners that he will do everything in his power to get a stadium bill passed in this session. And Dayton has made it clear that he feels strong for the need of a covered stadium not only for the 10 days the Vikings will use it but also to attract other events such as NCAA basketball tournaments.

There is a lot of work being done behind the scenes to try and get a stadium bill passed, with some of the top business executives in the Twin Cities doing what they can do to help.

Sid also mentions that there's a likelihood that a rental car tax and a hotel tax will likely be discussed soon in order to fund the new stadium. Quite frankly, I still think that's one of the best ways to do it, because (for lack of a better way of putting it) it will get people that, generally, aren't from Minnesota, such as business travelers and the like, to pay for the new stadium, which you would think would keep people from jumping up and down and whining about it too much.

Sid also says that Zygi Wilf and company probably wouldn't move the team to a new locale if they don't get a stadium in Minnesota. . .they'd simply sell the team to somebody else, and they would move the team instead. Surprisingly, the place that Sid seems to think the Vikings would move to is not Los Angeles, but rather to Portland, Oregon.

If the Vikings were ever going to move, that is, which we all know is a stupid notion to even entertain at this point.

The legislative session ends in May, and no stadium legislation has been introduced yet, so I would hope that it won't be too much longer before something is brought to the floor.

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