Vikings bandwagon rolling, but House speaker says chance for new stadium slim

Brett Farve could probably get elected governor based on Monday night’s performance, but House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher told MPR Monday that the state’s budget problems will likely sack all the early new-stadium talk.

Kelliher was asked about the stadium chances after Gov. Tim Pawlenty said it’s important to keep the Vikings in town and Republican state Rep. Tom Hackbarth of Cedar proposed a slot machine plan to pay for a new stadium.

Said MPR:

Kelliher, who’s also a candidate for governor, says everyone wants the Vikings to do well on the field. But she doesn’t think the state can do much about a stadium with a major budget deficit on the way.

“I think it probably has a very difficult time getting traction, Kelliher said. “It’s kind of like a truck on bare ice at this point.”

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 10/06/2009 - 05:47 pm.

    The trick is to find the right governmental agency who will go along with the deal. The legislature at best will play only a passive role, approving a deal made by someone else. The Twins got lucky with the Hennepin County board, but that resource has been pretty much used up. Is there another governmental entity willing to step up?

  2. Submitted by Brad Winter on 10/15/2009 - 08:17 pm.

    It’s “Favre”, not Farve, but you leftist, tree-hugging, hippies probably don’t care anyway! Build the stadium NOW! SKOL VIKINGS!

    P.S. I’m a 29 year old father of four who is temporarily laid-off, who would love nothing more then to at least get a chance to help fund a stadium for “our” team.

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