Push for Vikings stadium continues despite deficit

AP News
Posted: Dec 03, 2009 11:44 AM

A gloomy state budget forecast isn't deterring those who want a new Vikings stadium.

A fan group called SavetheVikes.org is holding a rally on Thursday at the Capitol to urge state leaders to find a way to build the team a new home.

The group is emphasizing the jobs a stadium construction project would bring.

State finance officials delivered another dreary economic forecast on Wednesday, predicting a $1.2 billion shortfall through mid-2011 and a bigger gap after that.

Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty said the deficit hurts the chances of state help for a stadium.