ST. PAUL, Minn. (NFL/Newsfeed) — The Minnesota Vikings took a giant step Monday night toward a new taxpayer-subsidized football stadium when the state House approved legislation, but lawmakers upped the share the team would have to pay.
On a 73-58 vote, the $ 975 million stadium plan remained alive. The state Senate was to vote Tuesday on a competing program, moving the Vikings closer than ever to a replacement for the Metrodome.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton hailed the vote by thanking fans who have flooded lawmaker phone lines, email inboxes and the Capitol itself to push for passage.
“The voices of the people of Minnesota were heard tonight,” Dayton mentioned.
Vikings vice president Lester Bagley, who has spent about a decade trying to get the team to this stage, mentioned franchise owners will locate it challenging to stomach an amendment that would place the team on the hook for $ 105 million more.
“There’s time to perform on it and get it fixed,” Bagley said. “I don’t want to take away from the moment. It was a fantastic day.”
Early in a nine-hour debate, the Residence overhauled the proposal to increase the team’s share from the $ 427 million owners have committed to find from private sources, which includes the NFL.
Rep. Larry Hosch told of getting born during a Vikings game, with his dad possessing to break away from an overtime game to ferry his mom to the hospital. Hosch mentioned he can’t fathom not having Sunday games to share with his own kids.
“It may well not make sense in dollars and cents,” Hosch said, adding, “I can’t picture a state without having the Vikings.”
Other people urged their colleagues not to let nostalgia cloud their choices on a huge public subsidy.
“It’s like getting a house and hoping you can make the payments,” mentioned Republican Rep. Mary Franson. “We are building a stadium and we are hoping we can make the payments.”
The Vikings will play the upcoming season at the Metrodome but are cost-free to leave right after that. The team hasn’t threatened to move, but fans fear they could relocate to Los Angeles or another city looking for its personal football team.
Supporters weren’t ready to predict passage. The legislation appeared all but dead until NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited in April, raising pressure on lawmakers to act. Right after that, the bill limped through numerous committees.
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