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Can gambling deliver Vikings stadium money? Should it?

Posted at 6:20 AM on October 28, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Sport

(MPR Photo/Tim Nelson)

It's an odd situation. The Vikings say they want a deal for a football stadium in Arden Hills, not Minneapolis. Yet local Minneapolis officials are pushing ahead with plans for a stadium in town, paid for in part by revenues from a new casino that no one really thinks is necessary, other than to fund a new Vikings stadium and pay for other improvements.

But with questions continuing to dog the Arden Hills site, the discussion's turned again to Minneapolis.

A casino seems like the least painful way to raise money to help fund a stadium there.
But it won't come without a fight. From lawmakers philosophically opposed to more state involvement in gambling to Indian gaming operations seeking to protect their interests, it'll be a fight.

We'll spend today drilling into the hopes and worries over expanding gambling in Minnesota to pay for stadiums and other public amenities. We'll also look at other ways of financing a Vikings stadium. Is there any plan out there that can win a majority of needed votes at the local level and at the Minnesota State House?

Jump in during the day with questions and insights. Post below or contact us directly.

About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.

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