Zygi Wilf was called in to talk to governor Mark Dayton on Wednesday and came out of the meeting sounding optimistic and slightly stubborn. The optimistic part: Zygi told reporters the Vikings are “getting close” on a stadium deal. The slightly stubborn part: Despite all evidence to the contrary Zygi insists his Arden Hills dream stadium is not “out of the question.”
State Senator Julie Rosen played nice with Zygi by indicating the door is still slightly open on Arden Hills. “If they can come back to us with another proposal to keep this alive by the end of the week, then we’ll take another look at it,” Rosen said. “But at this point, it’s not doable as far as I’m concerned.”
This is a slight dial-back from Mark Dayton’s remarks earlier this week which indicated it was Metrodome site or nothing for the Vikings. In truth though, it’s still Metrodome site or nothing. The Vikings themselves have outlined with some specificity their reasons for not liking the Metrodome site. In a letter, the Wilfs laid out multiple quibbles including hidden costs and fan inconvenience.
Nothing much came out of today’s meetings and statements from a fan perspective. We’re still firmly mired in the same politicians-arguing-with-millionaires stuff as before. There will be more meetings later this week and then maybe we’ll know something. But probably we won’t.