With Senate approval coming on Thursday by a 36-30 vote, a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is on its way.
After plenty of twists and turns throughout the legislative session, debate intensified this week, as the House and Senate both held several late-night sessions to discuss the bill.
All that remains now is a signature from Gov. Mark Dayton, who has been an ardent stadium supporter. Dayton is holding a press conference at 5:45 p.m. today with stadium bill authors, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and team owner Zygi Wilf, and Dayton could sign the bill then.
The new stadium will cost roughly $975 million, with the team slated to pay a little less than half. The state will pay about $348 million by expanding gambling. The city of Minneapolis will pay the remaing $150 million.
Under the plan, the Vikings will sign a 30-year lease on the new stadium, which will be built on the site of the Metrodome. The team would pay about $13 million annually in operating fees, and a public authority will be able to lease out the facility on non-game days.
Here's how the process played out in several Minnesota Patch communities:
- Edina: and
- Golden Valley:
- Maple Grove:
- Inver Grove Heights:
- Mendota Heights: ' and '
- St. Louis Park:
- Oakdale: Oakdale’s Legislators Vote ‘Yes’ on Vikings Stadium
- St. Michael:
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