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Updated: October 17th, 2011 4:12pm
Vikings stadium issue appears to be headed for special session

Vikings stadium issue appears to be headed for special session

by Judd Zulgad
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Gov. Mark Dayton announced he will call a special legislative session for next month if a plan for a Minnesota Vikings stadium is in place.

The Vikings have been seeking a stadium that would be built on an abandoned army ammunition plant in Arden Hills and cost more than $1 billion.

Dayton called NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to inform him of his plan for two-day special session and ask for Goodell's support, according to a tweet from Vikings director of corporate communications Jeff Anderson.

The special session would begin Nov. 21 and end Nov. 23 in St. Paul and the discussion would be limited to what Dayton called a "People's Stadium." The session won't be called unless there is a specific proposal. There is a possibility the start date could be sooner than Nov. 21.

Dayton was scheduled to meet on Monday with legislators, on Tuesday with NFL officials and on Wednesday with officials from the Vikings.

"We're very grateful and appreciative of Governor and State leaders having serious discussions on this issue," Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley said.

Dayton told reporters last Friday that Goodell had reiterated Los Angeles' desire for a team, making it even more important for Minnesota to move swiftly to resolve the Vikings' stadium issue.

Dayton also again suggested last week that he's open to alternative stadium sites in the Twin Cities. The Vikings have remained adamant they're going to partner with Ramsey County, which as local partner would contribute $350 million to the project.

"There is one plan; it's in Arden Hills," Bagley said.

The Vikings have pledged $407 million towards the project, although that number could end up being closer to $500 million. The state would be responsible for the other $300 million, although there has yet to be a legislative hearing on the topic.

Tom Pelissero contributed. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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