Dec 7, 2011 at 11:55 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf's recent purchase of a $19 million Manhattan apartment doesn't bother Gov. Mark Dayton, who has emerged as a powerful ally in the team's push for a stadium subsidy.
Dayton said Wednesday that Wilf's private affairs shouldn't factor into the heated discussion over public stadium financing at the state Capitol. The Vikings are seeking public money for more than half the cost of a new football stadium.
Published reports last week indicated that Wilf has purchased a new luxury apartment in New York. Some stadium opponents are unfavorably contrasting the big-buck personal purchase with the Vikings' state request.
Dayton says stadium debate should focus on the team, not the owner. Dayton spoke to Wilf last Thursday and planned to check in with him this week.