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.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

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.

Next Up

Related

Dayton optimistic Vikings stadium bill will pass

The governor plans to spend his weekend persuading lawmakers to vote in favor of the stadium proposal next week. Gov. Mark Dayton told the Pioneer Press he predicts both chambers of the Legislature will approve the bill by a single vote. He said, "I've always thought it would pass by one vote."

Vikings stadium saga delayed at State Capitol

GOP leaders decided the stadium plan would not come up for a vote Saturday night. The announcement came shortly after Gov. Mark Dayton and Democratic leadership held a news conference to push the House to hold a vote on the Vikings stadium proposal. Vikings fans, sporting purple and gold, also rallied at the State Capitol Saturday.

Watch live: Senate debating stadium bill

Senators are expected to vote Tuesday on their proposal for a new home for the Vikings in downtown Minneapolis, but the future of the nearly $1 billion stadium is still uncertain. One of the latest amendments adopted on the Senate floor is the ban of local television blackouts for Vikings' games played in the new stadium.

Vikings Stadium bill in the state Senate unveiled

The stadium legislation was released Friday afternoon following the agreement Gov. Mark Dayton, Minneapolis leaders and Vikings owners announced March 1. It proposes constructing a 65,000 seat roofed-stadium near the current Metrodome site for $975 million. $398 million would come from the state, funded by electronic pulltabs. Minneapolis would cover $150 million of the cost and the Vikings would pay the remaining $427 million.

Watch: Senate tax panel debates stadium bill

The Senate Tax Committee is discussing the nearly $1 billion Vikings stadium proposal Friday afternoon. The panel needs to approve the legislation before it reaches the full Senate for a vote. The House adjourned Friday afternoon without taking up the bill.