Senate Passes Stadium Bill 11 May 12

The new stadium plan for the Vikings has been passed by the state Senate. The bill now just awaits the signature of Governor Mark Dayton. The Senate approved the $975-million project with a vote of 36-to-30. The city of Minneapolis will commit $150-million and the state of Minnesota will now fund $348-million, instead of the original $398-million.

The new fixed-roof stadium will sit on the current site of the Metrodome, where the Vikings have played since 1982. Despite the lack of a lease, the Vikings are set to play in the Metrodome this year, even if construction on a new building starts, and would likely play just one season in TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.