Vikings' stadium plan gets some momentum
Roger Goodell didn’t part any waters when he visited Minnesota Friday to lobby on behalf of the Vikings and the NFL for a new stadium.
But he sure did spur action.
Hours after Goodell’s visit a Minnesota Senate panel approved a financing package for a new stadium to be built near the Metrodome, quickly breathing life into a project that looked dead earlier in the week.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the panel voted 8 to 6 to move forward with a nearly $1 billion plan. Now, projections are that the proposal will be voted on in the House and Senate before the state legislature concludes its session in the next few weeks.
By no means does this mean the Vikings are secure with a new stadium plan yet. But there is action again and there wasn’t until after Goodell came to town to shake things up. In the financing plan, the Vikings will commit $427 million. The state’s bill is $398 million and the city of Minneapolis will contribute $150 million.
“I think it helped to have the commissioner here today,” Sen. Julie Rosen, a Republican and chief Senate author of the stadium financing plan told the Star Tribune.
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