Hot Dish Politics: Not sure whether new stadium will have retractable roof
May 10, 2012 — 9:00am
The new agreement for a Minnesota Vikings stadium gives the team the option of having a retractable roof.
So will they have one?
“It’s going to be difficult with a $975 million budget” for the stadium, Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said early Thursday after a House-Senate agreement on the project was released. “It’s still an option, an opportunity.
“That’s to be determined,” he added.
Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, the chief House stadium author, said the Vikings might push for a retractable roof because the team was also given exclusive rights for five years to obtain a professional soccer team franchise. The team would play in the new stadium.
“To have a soccer team, they’d like to open [the stadium] up,” said Lanning.
Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking to a mostly Republican audience at the annual Minnesota Business Partnership dinner, repeated his familiar attack on the House GOP, blaming them for a legislative impasse on transportation.
In a relentlessly antagonistic debate, Clinton denounced Trump Monday night for keeping his business dealings secret and peddling a "racist lie" about Obama. Trump cast Clinton as a "typical politician" as he sought to capitalize on Americans' frustration with Washington.