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Vikes fans weigh in on architecture of new stadium

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- What was supposed to be a meeting about the architectural design options for a new Vikings stadium was somewhat overshadowed by a statement released by Gov. Mark Dayton.

The Minnesota Vikings are pushing back against Gov. Mark Dayton after he criticized the team for considering extra fees on season ticket holders to help pay the team's share of building a new football stadium.

Dayton stated he didn't want the "People's Stadium" to become a "Rich People's Stadium."

Meanwhile, a meeting of the purple minds took place in Rochester Tuesday evening.  It was a time for fans to convey to the architect what qualities they would like a new stadium to have.

"I very much would prefer something that would face downtown with the doors that would open," said Dave Stead of the Minnesota State High School League.  "I think that would be significantly better perhaps than trying to have a roof where a five dollar part goes bad and then all of a sudden the roof doesn't close."

They had preferences about which direction the stadium should take.

"A lot of people look at Lucas Oil Stadium as a beautiful stadium but the one thing that always comes up is the shadows when you watch on TV," said season ticket holder Joe Balance.

And even down to the tailgate spaces.

"They should be ten feet wide and a 36 inch island in between the rows," said longtime fan Larry Spooner.

All of the comments were recorded for future use as the Vikings move forward with a People's Stadium.

However, it was that concept Gov. Mark Dayton attacked in a released statement when he caught wind of the possibility of the Vikings organization placing extra fees on to season ticket holders like Mike Atkinson.

"I sit with people I tailgate with that bought tickets before it was a franchise coming in '61; they can't pay a $20,000 one time fee of one ticket. I have four tickets," said Atkinson.  "As much as Governor Dayton has tried to get this, one thing just like that, and he'll take it away."

Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley explained the team's stance. 

"The deal that had been negotiated for two years by state leaders including his negotiators allowed the sale of stadium builder's licenses should the market allow."

The Vikings have not spoke with the governor yet face to face, but Bagley explained whatever the issue is they will work together to keep moving forward.

"We're in the field surveying our fans and when we have more information we will share it with the public," said Bagley.

The Wylf family will still need to foot their half of the $975 million price tag. Whether that means seat licenses is yet to be determined.

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