Vikings' new stadium a step closer
By Sports Network
|This photo shows Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Mall of America Stadium. (Getty Images/AFP)
ST. PAUL, MN - The new stadium plan for the Minnesota Vikings was passed by the state Senate on Thursday.
The bill is awaiting the signature of governor Mark Dayton.
The Senate approved the $975 million project on a vote of 36-30.
The state’s House of Representatives approved a version of the proposal earlier this week, and an amended plan passed the House early Thursday morning by a vote of 71-60.
The revamped proposal will add $50 million to the team’s cost, but the club’s ownership of Zygi and Mark Wilf gave an affirmative nod to the increase.
The new fixed-roof stadium would sit on the current site of the Metrodome, where the Vikings have played since 1982.
According to the original plan unveiled in March, the Vikings were set to contribute $427 million toward the up-front costs, but the increase will make that $477 million.
The city of Minneapolis will still commit $150 million and the state of Minnesota will now fund $348 million, instead of the original $398 million. The city’s part would come from redirecting a portion of existing convention center taxes, while the state would expand charitable gaming to pay its portion.
Despite the lack of a lease, the Vikings are set to play in the Metrodome next year, even if construction on a new building starts, and would likely play just one season in TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota — a venue exposed to the elements.
The franchise played in, and exploited the benefits of, open-air Met Stadium from their inception through the end of the 1981 campaign.