In a swift turnaround, a Minnesota Senate committee has green-lighted a proposal that would help subsidize the construction of a new stadium for the Vikings. This comes on the heels of a private meeting between Roger Goodell, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II, Governor Mark Dayton, and congressional leaders in Minnesota and a day after Goodell met with Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
On an 8-6 vote, the Local Government and Elections Committee agreed to pass a measure that uses a combination of public and private funds to replace the current Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. This does not mean, however, that the construction of a new Vikings stadium is a done deal. The measure will now move to the Jobs and Economic Growth Committee and other committees before it can move to the floor for a full vote from the Minnesota legislature.
Nevertheless, the approval of the measure today is a significant first step toward the possible construction of a new Metrodome for the Vikings.