MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A photograph of the Minnesota Vikings owner and the state’s governor tossing dirt is rocketing around the Internet as a symbol of the split over sports stadium funding.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune photo was taken Tuesday at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Vikings’ new $1 billion stadium. It captured a gleeful team owner Zygi Wilf as he hoisted a golden shovel next to a more subdued Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.
The shot took off on Twitter and quickly spread to heavily visited sports sites, eliciting comments that it summed up the struggle over stadium deals.
A deal struck by Dayton, the state Legislature and the Vikings roughly splits the stadium cost between taxpayer dollars and private sources. The stadium should be completed in 2016.