After years upon years of battling and waiting, the dream that so many within the Vikings organization, its fan base and the State of Minnesota shared has come true. The Vikings stadium bill has officially passed both the House and the Senate, and now is awaiting the signature of Governor Mark Dayton.
The Senate passed the legislation early Thursday afternoon by a 36-30 margin, setting the stage for Governor Mark Dayton to sign it into law and for the Minneapolis City Council to approve.
Thursday’s outcome in the Senate marks one of the most historic days in the history of the Vikings franchise, as it paves the way for the Vikings to remain a part of the culture of fabric of Minnesota for many generations to come. Many thanks go to Vikings fans, who’ve been persistent and passionate about making their voice heard. Huge credit also goes to Governor Dayton, bill authors Representative Morrie Lanning and Senator Julie Rosen and their staffs, and everyone else at the State Capitol who supported this legislation.
More to come soon, so stay tuned to vikings.com.
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Late on Wednesday night, the Vikings agreed to a revamped version of the stadium bill that came out of a Conference Committee which essentially merged both the Senate and House versions of the bill which passed earlier this week. Of note, the team agreed to raise it’s contribution by $50 milllion.
Then, in the wee hours of Thursday morning, the House passed the vote by a 71-60 margin. The Senate is now up next and will discuss the bill beginning around Noon on Thursday, with a full vote expected later in the afternoon or evening. Should it pass there, all that is left is for Gov. Mark Dayton to sign the bill, which he will do.
So, the long-awaited quest for a new Vikings stadium appears to be nearing an end, but again, it still needs to pass in the Senate on Thursday.
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