Minneapolis stadium project gaining momentum

The push to get approval for funding a new stadium in Minneapolis has continued since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell paid a visit last week.

Now, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the full House and Senate could vote on the proposal by Friday after the plan got moving on Monday. There are still plenty of complications for a plan that calls for public funding to pay for more than half of a nearly $1 billion project.

The legislature is set to adjourn soon and proponents of the bill are working to get it passed in this session. The NFL has made it clear the Vikings need to see action this year. If not, there are concerns the team will begin looking to relocate, perhaps following the 2012 season.

It’s late to make major changes to the plan, and it’s important to note the city of Minneapolis must approve of funding too. The Vikings will be on thje hook for $427 million. The state’s bill comes to $398 million and the city will kick in $150 million while also paying for operating fees down the line.

We’ll see where this heads. They’re starting to take a preliminary count of votes. Maybe the Vikings have enormously good news by the end of the week. Or perhaps they’re dealing with another setback. Stay tuned.

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