A measure that would partially fund a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings cleared the state House Monday by a vote of 73 to 58. But this bill differs significantly from the original bill in that it would force the Vikings to pay $532 million – or 54.5% of the $975 million required to construct the new stadium. The old plan had the Vikings ownership forking over $437 million – or 44.8%.
Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said the bump in the Vikings’ share of funding, “is not workable.” Nonetheless, Bagley lauded the significance of the moment. The bill now moves to the state Senate and possibly to Governor Mark Dayton.
(Pictured: an image of the proposed new Metrodome site)