Vikings bucked up for lobbying efforts to land stadium

The Minnesota Vikings are going to have to buck up for their share of a new stadium that is in the works.

They spent big to get the project moving too, records show. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings spent $115,000 lobbying state lawmakers this year to push through a plan for a stadium that will be built near the Metrodome.

According to the report, $54,050 was spent on salary and administrative costs for support staff. An additional $44,400 was spent on phone and communications as the club reached out to the public seeking its support. In 2011, the team spent $840,000 on stadium efforts, including money paid to lobbyists. In the end, it was money that delivered what owner Zygi Wilf wanted.

State lawmakers and then the Minneapolis City Council approved a $975 million plan last month.

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