Vikings to Rebuild Stadium Effort

The Vikings' lack of a stadium deal in this legislative session is seen as a blow to some, but in many ways could serve as a better deal for Zygi Wilf than if it had remained in play for the 2006 session.

The stadium talk around Minnesota is finally going to die down in the next few days, as the Twins pop the champagne corks and the Vikings stand by on the sidelines and watch. But that isn't such a bad thing in the big picture of things.

The truth of the matter is that there was a growing resentment that the Vikings had "coat-tailed" their stadium into the Twins' bill that had resoundingly passed the House of Representatives. While the Vikings stadium inclusion in the Senate bill wasn't their idea, nothing was done on the Vikings' end to dissuade politicians from clumping the stadiums together.

By having the Vikings deal off the table, it may actually help the team's chances of getting a stadium deal accomplished. As it stood, there would have been an unpopular tax applied to the stadium that not only would have funneled billions to transit programs, but it was a bill that would not have been signed by the governor and almost assuredly would have been voted down if it went to a referendum -- effectively killing future chances of getting a stadium deal.

With the Twins stadium a done deal and the governor proclaiming that the Twins are as much a part of Minnesota as fishing, it's now the Vikings' turn to step up front and center. With the commitment to keep baseball already in place, the Vikings can step in during a non-election year and get the funding they need to build their own new stadium.

In the long run, it may be for the best that the Vikings got sent to the back of the line in the stadium debate. Their stadium plan deserves to rise or fall on its own merits. Now it will have that chance, even if that means waiting until this time next year.

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