Dayton wants Vikings special session in November

Anissa Stocks

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday he wants to call a special November session to vote on a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, according to the Star Tribune.

Dayton said he and the Republican-majority Legislature still have no agreement on a stadium deal. But the governor has left open the idea that the $1.1 billion project could be built in Minneapolis, where the Vikings have called home since 1982. The team-supported Arden Hills proposal has been coming together over the past few months, and the franchise is working with the Ramsey County Board to push plans forward.

Reuters reported that under the team-supported Arden Hills proposal, the Vikings would provide more than $400 million toward the project, contributing roughly $350 million to Ramsey County using a sales tax. The rest – about $300 million – would be left to the state.

Dayton is scheduled to meet with NFL representatives today to discuss the team and the stadium request, reported the Pioneer Press.

He added that the session could begin Nov. 21, ending just before Thanksgiving.