Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton named former state lawmaker Ted Mondale last week to serve as head of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission board. The post puts him at the center of negotiations with the Legislature and the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings, who want a new stadium.
The commission is the public owner and operator of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Vikings are the sole tenant although collegiate and youth sporting events are also staged there. The stadium’s former tenants — Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota’s football team — have won legislative approval for new, partially publicly funded stadiums, but similar support has eluded the Vikings.