UPDATE: Dayton remains neutral on Vikings stadium site

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is remaining neutral on where a proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium could be built in the face of report suggesting more hurdles for a suburban plan.

Dayton said in a news release Wednesday that he could support a new football stadium in either Arden Hills or Minneapolis as long as the project’s financing is clearly defined and deemed acceptable.

A report from a government board outlines extensive costs for land acquisition and cleanup for the proposed Ramsey County plan to build it on a former munitions site in Arden Hills.

Dayton says he plans to meet in the next few days with Vikings owners, legislative leaders, local officials and others with a stake in the project.

The team’s Metrodome lease expires after this season.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two members of Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration will discuss a study their agencies compiled that says a proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills would take longer than expected and would strain Ramsey County’s tax capacity.

Dayton himself commissioned the study. Metropolitan Council Chairwoman Susan Haigh and Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chairman Ted Mondale will discuss its contents at a Wednesday morning news conference.

A team spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the Met Council study. The Vikings had a victory in their suburban stadium push on Tuesday night when a Ramsey County panel rejected holding a public vote on a proposed half-cent sales tax increase to pay the county’s share of the project.