Vikings clear another hurdle in bid for new stadium
The Minnesota Vikings picked up another first down in their bid to get funding approved for a new stadium but they have yet to cross the goalline.
The state Senate approved plans for a nearly $1 billion stadium with a 38-28 vote on Tuesday just a day after the House had also signed off on a measure. But introduced to the plan was a host of amendments that must be sorted out and don’t meet the desires of the team.
The plan is for the club to pay $427 million for the stadium but the House bumped the price tag for Zygi Wilf to $532 million. The Senate, meanwhile, called for the team to pay $452 million. Spending an extra $25 million might be easier than the $105 million the House called for in its session.
The bill now will head to a House-Senate conference committee where the differences need to be hammered out and done so quickly. Some, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, are concerned the team is being pushed too far.
“It seems like we're hanging (the Vikings) upside down and trying to get all the loose change out of their pocket," said Sen. Julie Rosen, the author of the Senate bill. “We just keep smacking them around.”
A host of amendments were added that pertain to user fees and more. We’ll see what happens in the coming days.
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