House Shoots Down Stadium Plan 17 Apr 12

The Minnesota State Legislature rejected a public subsidy package for a new stadium for the Vikings on last night. The House committee voted after a four-hour hearing on the bill and only six of the 15 representatives were in favor of the plan. Vikings officials expressed their disappointment on the ruling following the vote. It’s unlikely that the bill will be revived in the remaining weeks of the current legislative session, which is due to end before the end of April.

The Vikes have been attempting to find public funding for a new stadium for nearly a decade. Minnesota’s current home, the Metrodome, opened in 1982. The roof suffered severe damage after a 2010 snowstorm caused it to tear and deflate and needed a replacement of around 18-million dollars. The Vikings were forced to play a game at TCF Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, late that season.