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SBD/Issue 135/Facilities & Venues
One Of Minny: Tagliabue Endorses New Vikings Stadium
Published April 7, 2005
|Tagliabue In Minnesota To Drum Up
Support For New Vikings Stadium
POLITICAL OBSTACLES: In St. Paul, Sid Hartman reports Minnesota House Majority Leader Steve Swiggum and Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson said that there “was no chance the State Legislature would offer the Vikings” the same $7M per year they are going to contribute toward a Univ. of Minnesota football stadium, “which has priority because the university is owned by the state.” Swiggum and Johnson added that the school’s football stadium “currently was the No. 1 priority, followed by the Twins. And they didn’t give much hope of a Vikings stadium bill this year” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/7). NFL Network’s Derrin Horton noted Pawlenty said that “the chances for a Vikings stadium bill to pass this year are remote.” Horton quoted Pawlenty as saying, “Don’t plan on the state helping, ... at least not soon” (“NFL Total Access,” 4/6).
|Politicians Do Not Have Much Hope For Vikings Funding Passing This Year|
FOWLED UP: The STAR TRIBUNE’s Weiner reports Tagliabue spoke “in vague terms” about Reggie Fowler bid to buy the Vikings. Tagliabue: “We’re not looking at whether the person is qualified. We’re looking at whether the committed financial arrangements can be concluded or not.” Tagliabue added of the stadium situation, “We’re in a bit of limbo until we determine who is the owner going forward” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/7). More Tagliabue: “I believe that Fowler might have the assets, but he hasn’t done a very good job of putting it all together” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/7). Tagliabue added of Fowler’s bid, “We said at the outset when this was announced in mid-February that we expected the approval process to take 60 to 90 days, and I think we’re still well within those parameters” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/7).