The Minnesota Senate approved the Vikings Stadium Bill on Thursday on a vote of 36-30 vote. Governor Dayton met with the Viking owners following the vote, and Zygi Wilf thanked Minnesotans for their passion for football. Voting “Yes” on the stadium bill in the Senate Thursday were 21 Democrats and 15 Republicans. Voting “No” were 8 Democrats and 22 Republicans. Local area senators voting against the bill included: Dahms, DeKruif, Newman, and Parry. The final stadium deal must still be approved by the Minneapolis City Council and signed by Governor Dayton. The new stadium would be built at the site of the current Metrodome.
The Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota have reached a preliminary agreement on the Vikings use of TCF Bank Stadium during construction of a new Vikings stadium. The Vikings will reimburse the university for all changes they require for the campus football stadium. The Vikings also would reimburse the school for all non-game day expenses and game-day operational expenses related to the Vikings’ use of the stadium. In addition, the Vikings will pay rent to the university and share part of the additional concessions and sponsorship revenues. Under the agreement, the Vikings will pay the university a fixed fee of $250,000 per game. The combined rent and expected concessions and sponsorship revenue would amount to $300,000 per game, or $3-million per regular NFL season.