Pawlenty: Who will pay for stadium?

No one who follows Minnesota stadium politics should be surprised by Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s response to a new set of proposals for a Vikings-only stadium to replace the Metrodome.

Speaking on his weekly radio show, Pawlenty said: “Anybody can hire an architect and design a stadium. The problem is who is going to pay for it.” Pawlenty said he won’t allow a sales tax increase to pay for part of the structure and doesn’t sound interested in diverting existing taxes, either.

Neither the Vikings nor the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which owns the Metrodome, have proposed a financing package. In the most recent proposal the Vikings endorsed, they offered to pay about 25 percent of the total cost.

The Vikings’ lease in the Metrodome expires in 2011.