Dayton: NFL commissioner headed to Minn. Capitol 20 Apr 12

Saint Paul, Minn. (AP) – Governor Mark Dayton says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers will come to Minnesota on Friday to meet with state lawmakers and urge them to make progress on building a new stadium for the Vikings.

Dayton said he spoke by phone with Goodell and Art Rooney on Thursday morning. He says they consider it urgent to approve a stadium financing bill in this legislative session to guarantee the team’s future in Minnesota. Rooney leads the NFL’s stadium committee.

Stadium supporters have been scrambling since a House committee voted down the latest proposal Monday night. The team is committed to play its upcoming season in the Metrodome, but Dayton says failure to approve a stadium plan this session increases the chances of Minnesota losing the franchise.