Vikings Stadium Passes House, Raises Team Contribution An Additional $105M
Fans of the Minnesota Vikings got a big boost last night as the Minnesota House approved the stadium measure 73-58. The vote came just before midnight and now the bill moves on to the Senate for another round of vigorous debate today. In total, house members debated the bill for more than eight hours before voting began, and when all votes were tallied, House Speaker Curt Zellers announced the bills passage and swung the gavel.
As he did so, Zellers said a key phrase: “as amended.” That’s because a new wrinkle to the bill was added that changes things quite a bit. Now, the Vikings contribution has risen an additional $105 million to a nearly unprecedented $532 million. The Vikings have said that additional money is unworkable, but were still very satisfied that the process will continue. As far as that continuation, Governor Dayton – an ardent stadium supporter – spoke on the next steps the bill will face, including today’s debate in the Senate.
The bill received bipartisan support both in the vote and during the debate. The bill is expected to be debated in the Senate on Tuesday.