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Vikes Stadium Bill Passes Senate

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 6:39 am

The Minnesota Senate voted in favor of the new Vikings stadium by a 38-28 count just before midnight. The vote came after debating for 11 hours on Tuesday. A similar measure passed the Minesota House on Monday.

The biggest difference between the House and Senate bills is how much the team would have to pay for the new stadium.

The Minnesota Senate pushed a measure that would cost the Vikings an additional $25 million, while the House bill added $125 million to the Vikings’ tab.

The Senate also revamped a longstanding stadium plan to also impose a collection of user fees.

Now, the conference committee will meet to discuss the nearly $1 billion facility. They will look at where the two sides can try to work out the differences on Wednesday morning.

The passage by the Senate sets up those final negotiations and precedes a new round of votes by the Legislature. The House and Senate will both have to approve the bill again after the committee concludes, and only then will this whole thing be on relatively solid ground.

Throughout the lengthy debate there were plenty of ups and downs. Senators twice approved amendments they overturned later. One would have imposed a more aggressive slate of user fees that could cut into Vikings profits and a second would have subjected portions of the bill to a potential Minneapolis voter referendum.

Today promises to be another key day in the ongoing effort to land the Vikings a new stadium, we’ll keep you posted.

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