While stadium negotiator Ted Mondale said things could change quickly, he didn't sound confident Friday. Mondale said that time isn't on the Vikings' side right now.
Gov. Mark Dayton continued his public waffling on the stadium subject. Just a few months ago, Dayton sounded supremely confident that a stadium deal would get done. Friday he claimed that a stadium deal may not be able to get done in the 2012 session.
Last week, Dayton set a deadline for stadium proposals to be submitted, requiring just one proposal from the City of Minneapolis. That proposal was a demolition of the Metrodome and a new stadium to be built in the existing Metrodome footprint. A week later, Dayton continued his promotion of the site near the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis.
Dayton met Friday with Rev. John Bauer, the rector of the basilica, who stated his concerns over the site, which would result in considerably more traffic in the area, as well as expressing concerns that stadium construction could potentially compromise the integrity of the basilica structure.
While plenty of activity is going on behind the scenes, it would appear that more hurdles are being thrown in front of a new stadium bill being passed rather than barriers being broken down over time. The confidence that was brimming just a couple of months ago once again appears to be in jeopardy of collapsing like the Metrodome roof.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.