I am sure many of you, like myself, were watching Gov. Daytons news conference this afternoon. And I'm sure, there were a few of you, like myself, had that gut wrenching feeling after hearing that after all this time, him setting a Jan. 12 deadline, there was still no "X marks the spot" decision. Myself, it was a case of heartburn and I didn't even have lunch today. I also doubt the Raisin Bran I had for breakfast contributed as well. I hate getting older, uhg. So, is this "The End" of our Vikings? Do we go screaming into the night like a pack of crazies?
It would appear any chance of the new stadium, let alone any legislative support, being in Arden Hills is now all but dead. Asked by a reporter if the Vikings would up the ante to over $700 Million to cover what Ramsey County would not get the permission to get, Mr. Bagley stated a no. I do commend Shakopee as well for their effort, although very late to the game one. They also would have had the same issues as Aeden Hills did with getting state.....leaders in on it. Though even Shakopee could have been interesting. The area does get good usage with Canterbury Downs, Valleyfair and in the fall, the Renaissance Festival. It could have had the possibility to be a year round are to go. But alas, both site's had the lack of political "push".
However, the worlds end isn't here just yet. It would appear the Vikings are willing to work with state........leaders and the city of Whineapolis. The Basilica seems to be the preferred site, though the Dome, from Bagleys reaction" may be a last resort. Also, asked if the Mall of America might be considered if it was financed privately, seemed to indicate there was a possibility there. What wasn't said of course, is how much the Vikings are still wiling to contribute.
So, while there seems reason to remain calm at the moment, the writing is on the wall for both sides. Watch the video and see what you think. Hopefully, things will get done before things do blow-up out of proportion, and Minnesota is left with an NFL void.