People Talk About Stadium Proposal


Some reactions around the Minnesota Capitol to debate on a Vikings stadium construction proposal:


House stadium bill author Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead:

After getting complaints that House-Senate negotiations were held in secret, Lanning said he had no choice since there was little time to prepare the compromise bill.

“This bill has been debated more … than any bill I can think of in my history,” Lanning said of committee hearings and nearly 20 hours of House and Senate debate earlier in the week.

He said he likes to take on challenges.

“I didn’t get into this to create a legacy,” Lanning said. “I got into this to solve a problem.”



Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley:

“The Vikings have agreed to work with state leaders,” Bagley announced early Thursday to a House-Senate conference committee.

With a higher than planned initial contribution to stadium construction costs, he said that the Vikings will pay 54 percent of stadium costs over the life of the stadium.

“The Wilfs (team owners) have stepped up and made a huge commitment to Minnesota and a huge commitment to fans,” he said.



Senate stadium bill author Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont:

“This has been like giving birth,” said Rosen, the only woman on the conference committee.



Vikings fan Larry Spooner:

“We are Vikings fans, we are prepared for the worst,” Spooner said, making sure not to be overconfident on winning House and Senate votes.



Stadium plan opponent Dan Dobson:

“If you would have waited another year, you could have gotten a much better deal.”



Chairman Ted Mondale of the Sports Facilities Commission:

Gov. Mark Dayton’s lead person on stadium issues promised the new stadium will be “a great world-class facility.”



Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville:

The stadium bill would provide the biggest-ever public subsidy in the state, Holberg said, but does not provide for public release of even basic Vikings financial information.

“It is very troubling,” she said.



Rep Dan Fabian, R-Roseau:

Bill author Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead was Fabian’s counselor at Concordia University in Moorhead.

Fabian told fellow lawmakers that Lanning was starting center on a 1964 national champion football team at Concordia.



Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar:

“These electronic pulltabs don’t exist anywhere,” Hackbarth said, adding that no one can say if they will produce enough revenue to fund the stadium. “This is a guess.”



Rep. Tina Liebling, DFL-Rochester:

State leaders gave too much to the Vikings, Liebling said.

“I think the state got rolled,” she said.



Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove:

Kriesel wrote on Twitter: “I’m getting owly. Let’s vote on the #Vikings bill and get out of here. I’m getting tired of this place.”