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Vikings stadium passes Senate, awaits Governor Dayton's signature

The Vikings stadium bill passed through the House and Senate on Thursday. The final proposal raises the Vikings contribution to $477 million of the $975 million stadium. The state would provide $348 million and the City of Minneapolis would fund $150 million. The lengthy debate left state officials fatigued and Viking fans emotional.
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Senators passed the stadium measure Thursday afternoon with a 36-30 vote. The Star Tribune has the details.

The Associated Press reports Gov. Dayton is expected to to sign the measure nearly a decade after the team began its push for a new stadium.

The move follows House lawmakers who voted 71-60 early Thursday morning to approve the deal, according to Politics in Minnesota. The final proposal raises the Vikings contribution to $477 million of the $975 million stadium.

The state would provide $348 million and the City of Minneapolis would fund $150 million. Senators also have to approve the legislation before it reaches Gov. Mark Dayton.

Click here for a copy of the revised stadium bill.

Vikings vice president Lester Bagley told Minnesota Public Radio the reworked bill is "the right thing to do for Minnesota." Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak also told MPR he is happy with the final stadium deal and he expects the City Council to approve the it.

Bob Sansevere doesn't believe the new venue will make the Vikings a better team. His reasoning is pretty simple ... the NFL has a salary cap, and that isn't changing.

The national viewpoint on the Metrodome wasn't very good. TIME magazine named the Vikings' home the worst stadium in professional sports.

For some Purple and Gold fans, the moment the bill passed through the Senate was an emotional high. Larry Spooner, a longtime stadium supporter broke down with tears of joy streaming down his face.

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