It’s getting late at TVA, but tonight was one that it’s worth losing a little bit of sleep over. After 8-plus hours of deliberating, the Minnesota House passed the plan to build a near $1 billion stadium on the Metrodome site. The final tally on the vote was 73-58 and will now move to the Senate tomorrow.
The biggest piece of news tonight before the vote was the House approved an amendment lowering the state’s contribution by $105 million and raises the team’s contribution by that amount. The purpose in that amendment was giving the public the ability to share in naming rights revenue (which was previously assigned to the team) and allowing the stadium to charge for user fees such as seat licenses. It’s unlikely that $105 million figure would be final, however provided it passes the Senate brought back to the House for further negotiations. The Vikings also have to sign off on that as well and have yet to comment on this matter.
Today was indeed a great day if you’re a Vikings fan. It’s been over 10 years since the team has wanted a floor vote and today we finally had one clearing the first hurdle. But it is not the time pop the champagne or break out a shovel just quite yet. Onto the Senate we go…
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