Senate Passes Stadium Bill 09 May 12

The Minnesota Senate passed a Vikings Stadium Bill Tuesday night by a 38-28 margin. The Senate version differs from the House bill which passed Monday, meaning the two now need to be reconciled in conference committees before going to the governor’s desk for a signature. Three-dozen amendments were considered during Tuesday’s debate in the Senate, which lasted for around 10 hours. The Senate bill would require the team to kick in an additional $25-million, but in the House version that figure is $100-million. Vikings officials call it “progress,” but they are standing by the original figure of $427-million that they will contribute to the $975-million stadium to be constructed at the site of the current Metrodome in Minneapolis.