With negotiators reportedly close to announcing a stadium financing package, Gov. Mark Dayton will meet today with Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf at the state Capitol.
The meeting comes as Dayton continues to push for a public subsidy package for a new stadium that would involve the team, the state and the city of Minneapolis and would build the project at or adjacent to the Metrodome, the team’s home for the past three decades.
Sources close to the negotiations said late last week that there was a preliminary agreement to build a $975 million stadium, with the state contributing $398 million, the city adding $150 million for construction and the team pledging $427 million. In addition, a top Vikings spokesman said Monday that the team had reached a tentative agreement to play some games at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium while a new stadium was built at or near the Metrodome.
The preliminary agreement with the university, said Lester Bagley, the team’s vice president for stadium development and public affairs, would include adding roughly 3,000 seats to the school’s 50,000-seat stadium.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
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Small mistakes continue to bedevil and ultimately wreck the Twins. Wednesday, a baserunning gaffe cost a run, a failure to turn a double play provided the Tigers an extra out, and Detroit took advantage.