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Dayton meets with NFL officials, Vikes closer to a new stadium?


ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- There is just a little more than 4 weeks before the governor's offer to hold a special session expires, which means the clock is ticking for legislators to push the Vikings stadium proposal forward.

The governor said he is cautiously optimistic a plan can be put together and finalized by the proposed November special session deadline to keep the Vikes on their home turf.

Yet again Tuesday afternoon Dayton spoke of the many possibilities a new stadium would bring to the state, including an economic boost, with the addition of several thousand jobs. What remains unclear though is just where the state's 300-million dollar contribution towards the stadium will come from.

NFL Spokesperson, Eric Grubman, said its a real possibility the Vikes will leave the state if there is no agreement reached, it is imminent that a solution be resolved.

"All I'll say is this, we're worried about a stale mate. A stale mate means there is no lease, or the lease is about to expire. There is no plan for a stadium and there is an alternative plan in another city. That is a stale mate and the alternative would not include Minnesota.That is in the way we look at it, a crisis," stated Grubman.

Another hot topic discussed Tuesday afternoon, was the NFL possibly re-instating its G3 program, a loan program created by the franchise to aid in new stadium construction. Program funds ran out in 2007.

The NFL said if the program is re-instated they will provide full financing within the ball park of $100 - $150 million dollars to the Vikes, which they'll be able to put towards their $400-plus million contribution towards a new stadium.

On Wednesday, Governor Dayton will meet with Vikings officials as well as Ramsey County officials.

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