Minnesota Vikings Stadium Bill Passes!
Posted on 5/10/2012 1:58:12 AM
The Minnesota Vikings and owner Zygi Wilf are one signature away from approval of a new Stadium bill. Both the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate have approved a final bill approving the construction of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings by a vote of 36-30. Now the only hurdle left is the signature of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, who has supported the stadium effort all along.
The final bill provides State funding of $348 Million, City of Minneapolis Funding of $150 Million and a $477 Million from the Vikings. Even though the Legislature raised the amount that the Vikings will provide by $50 Million in the final bill, but Viking's Vice President Lester Bagley has stated that the Vikings have agreed to the new level of funding from the Vikings.
The new Viking's Stadium will be built on the same site as the existing Mall of America Field at Metrodome but the footprint will be to the east of the current stadium and the Vikings will continue to play in the Metrodome during construction until the Metrodome will need to be razed so that the new stadium can be completed. For the year that construction is completed, the Vikings plan to play at TCF Bank Stadium, the current home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The bill finally gives the Vikings the viable and competitive Stadium that they have desired for the past 10+ years that will allow the team owners to finally focus on their key objective of winning a championship.
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