Minnesota To Pass New Vikings Stadium Bill This Week?
As we enter the crunchiest of crunch times in Minnesota politics, let’s weave through a quick calendar update on the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium — an exercise that will include my strong feeling that the team’s final proposal will include a roof despite some Twitter discussion we had earlier Wednesday.
- Today is June 29.
- That makes tomorrow June 30.
- The Minnesota state budget expires at 11:59 p.m. CT on June 30.
- State leaders are scrambling to reach agreement on a new budget before that moment.
- If they do, Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to call a special session of the state legislature to approve the deal.
- The Vikings want their $1.057 billion stadium proposal to be voted on during that special session.
- That means we could be a day or so away from finding out whether the Vikings will win long-chased public financing for this project. If denied again, they will enter the 2011 season as pending franchise free agents. Their lease at the Metrodome expires Feb. 1, 2012.
Failure to agree on a budget by Thursday evening would lead to a shutdown of the Minnesota state government. Presumably, the Vikings’ stadium would be addressed when the shutdown ends.
As you might expect, last-minute negotiations between the Vikings and state leaders are continuing as both sides try to complete final tweaks and account for a funding gap caused by necessary road upgrades. Rochelle Olson of the Star Tribune reported Wednesday that the Vikings had lowered their project cost estimate from $1.057 billion to $820 million, a $200-plus million gap that prompted many — including me — to question whether the team had abandoned plans for a roof.
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We have heard a lot of the Vikings stadium in the past couple months. This is the first ‘major’ news that we have heard regarding it possibly going through. The Vikings are definitely in need of a new stadium and coming to an agreement would keep the Vikings in Minnesota hopefully for ever!