A Vikings official debated with others Wednesday at the University of Minnesota about whether public funding should be used to pay for the new Viking's stadium.
Jeff Anderson, the Vikings' assistant director of public affairs, argued that the team gives revenue, jobs and public services back to the community, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
Art Rolnick, former Minneapolis Federal Reserve research director, disagreed and said that the Vikings should be treated just like other businesses in Minneapolis. If they do not have the revenue to fund their business, they will fail, the Pioneer Press reported.
There was no doubt among debaters that the Metrodome needs to be replaced. However, with the state in a $5 billion budget deficit, even 75 percent of Minnesota residents did not support using taxpayer money.