Dayton Signs Stadium Bill 15 May 12

Governor Dayton signed the Vikings stadium bill into law during a noon ceremony in the State Capitol rotunda Monday. The governor was joined by Minnesota Vikings owners, the bill authors and leaders from the labor and business communities. Dayton has been 1 of the biggest cheerleaders for the new $975-million project, which won final legislative approval last week after years of failed attempts. Once he signs, the Minneapolis City Council will have 30 days to approve its share of stadium financing, which includes $150-million in construction costs. The stadium bill commits the state to raising $348-million by allowing electronic pull-tabs and bingo in bars and restaurants. The Vikings will play their final season at the Metrodome this year, and then at least one season at the U-of-M’s TCF Bank Stadium before the new facility is ready.