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Stadium Bill Passes House, Faces Final Test On Thursday In Senate

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on May 10, 2012 – 3:41 am

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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162 Responses to “Stadium Bill Passes House, Faces Final Test On Thursday In Senate”

  1. By billbobagons1 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Lets give a lot of credit to the Wills, they wanted to be in Blain, they are from NY and have ties in CA. They came here to help build a championship team in Minnessta and have done everything in there power to make it happen including coming up with 50 million more dollars. Thank you Mark and Ziggy!!!!!

  2. By Tom A. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    We are almost there!! Thanks to the best fans in the nfl for all of the support and contacting the legislators!! One more hurdle today!! Skol Vikes!!

  3. By sliver on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings need to remain in Minnesota…Uf da! Get it done already!
    I agree, the Wilfs have done their part in this, the House and Senate aren’t
    going into this blind…now it’s time to get it passed, prepare for training camp and put the kabosh on the Vikings’ naysayers! Go Vikes!!

  4. By David S. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    My fingers have been crossed this whole time!!

    Thanks to the wilfs, for seeing this through!!

    Skol!!

  5. By PurplHaze on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I said yesterday, based on Bagleys interview, that the ownership was more flexible than many gave them credit for. It would seem that the Wilfs MEVER intended to sell or move the team. I hope the fans will now realize what a truly ideal ownership team the Minnesota Vikings have!

    THE OWNERSHIP IS DOING THE RIGHT THING BY KEEPING THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA WHERE THEY BELONG!!!

  6. By megakrab on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    If we get this stadium, its supposed to hold around 60000 people… Cowboys stadium holds 111000 ppl when fully expanded. Thats almost double the people for only 25 million more. I’m glad we are possibly getting a new stadium, but I’m confused what they are doing with such a small stadium to make it so much.

  7. By megakrab on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    At that size we would have the 6th smallest stadium in the league. Pretty small for a brand new state of the art 1 billion dollar stadium. Thats even with a fixed roof. I’m curious what kind of fun stuff they will have inside.

  8. By megakrab on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ok i guess its about 175 million more expensive. Dallas that is.

  9. By Rocksalt on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    better to have a 65000 seat stadium that sells out than a 110000 seat stadium half full.

  10. By megakrab on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    True Rocksalt. Very true.

  11. By Mike B. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Barooohhhhh Thank you Wilfs for picking up the additional 50M Now the stadium deal will get down.

  12. By Mike B. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    done

  13. By Mike B. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    You heard it here first yesterday that the 50M would be picked up by the private contributions. Barroooh New Stadium

  14. By John S. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, we do have fantastic ownership. The Wilf’s have shown a commitment to putting the best possible product on the field, and to keeping this team the MINNESOTA Vikings. Now, our job is to buy those season tickets…play the electronic pull tabs in the bars and restaurants…and do our part to fund this new stadium and our team.

  15. By Carl K on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Great Viking Ownership!

  16. By greatirishpotatofamine on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Finally we can focus on our hate for the pack

  17. By greatirishpotatofamine on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    what time is the senate meeting 9am?

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  19. By Spencer on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Roddy White said on his Twitter that former players are ruining todays game.

    I agree with Roddy White. They knew the sacrifice. That is what real men do. We put our personal well last so that our families can have better lives. They have service men and women who come back without limbs they went in with, they come back with mental problems, or they come home in a box. They are the ones who pay the ultimate price for far less money. I could care less about a former player who blew his millions and now has to sue the company who gave them their fortunes to begin with.

  20. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    greatirishpotato…

    Yes…9am the senate starts up…

    I don’t believe they can legally vote on the stadium bill until almost 12 noon though…

    But they will have plenty of disscusion before that…That is why the early start at 9am…

    Very happy to see Zygi added that 50 million to what the Vikings will pay..

    Because the senate is full of Fu Fu dust pixies that do not want the stadium built…

    With Zygi stepping up big time with the 50 million extra to build the stadium…will make this bill extremely hard for the senate to turn this bill down

  21. By Aceviking on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    FINALLY! I can’t believe it! This bill better pass…

  22. By Barry Proulx aka Legendary on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Continue to lobby your senators!! Although I see this bill passing because the senate only asked they pay $25 mil more, but took away their exclusive MLS rights. My thought is the extra $25 mil should be enough to convince them to move forth with the exclusive MLS rights included.

  23. By minne on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Skol Vikes!! This represents our goal line stance!! Way to go fans/Dayton and Co for standing behind this bill and seeing it through.

  24. By minne on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Now as for the Viking’s organization. Understanding that we very well may have the hardest division in football, what are people predicting the Vikings record will be this year?

  25. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    NEW PAY PLAN
    Vikings:

    $477 million

    State:

    $348 million

    Minneapolis:

    $150 million

  26. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    minne, at this time I would say the record is going to be 10-6

  27. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Remember everyone Minneapolis city council has to vote one more time as well.

  28. By greatirishpotatofamine on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I would just be happy if by next offseason we have a real strength to build around

  29. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Just a quick THANK YOU !!!….From here also to all involved !!!…

    No matter how this turns out..Gov Dayton…senators Rosen and Lanning…Mayor Rybak…And for the many other senators that have shown their support from both parties !!!…

    And last but not least Zygi and Mark Wilf !!!

    A big THANK YOU !!!…

    For all of your hard work to keep the Minnesota Vikings here in the land of 10,000 lakes !!!…Home of Paul Bunyan and Babe his blue ox…And our Minnesota Twins !!…

    The Vikings are truly part of Minnesota’s legacy…

    Lets just hope the senate does the right thing later today…
    (fingers still crossed here)..

    Vote YES !!!….To send this bill to the governor who fought so hard to get this stadium for the Vikings and the people of Minnesota…

    Because it is the right thing to do for all involved…

  30. By billbobagons1 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    10-6 seems like a tall order with the 3 other teams in our division. I thinks Speilman did a great job with the draft and free agency but I believe the young team will need a year to jell and we need one more solid draft to get the NT, LB and whatever else is needing more help next draft.

  31. By billbobagons1 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I think if they can get to 7 wins this year and the wins come at the end of the season as the come toghter that would be very incouraging for next year. The O line need time to jell along with the secondary and receivers.

  32. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    DRS…The city of MPLS has the votes on their panel to pass the bill…

    Mayor Rybak has already announced the city council vote will be nothing more than just a formality..

    .If the senate gives the go ahead today…

    It will pass MPLS city council… : )

  33. By New Vike on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I think expecting a playoff team this year is a bit unreasonable. All I am hoping for is a tough out. I hope they are a fiesty bunch that nobody really wants to play. Kind of like Carolina last year, they were in almost every game. I also hope that they gain a little attitude and swagger, and stick it to GB at least once.

  34. By greatirishpotatofamine on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    anyone with a link to anything?

  35. By billbobagons1 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Probable wishful thinking but for some big company to step forward for the cost of a retratable roof would really put iceing on the cake!!!!

  36. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium bill p-a-s-s-e-s House, moves to Senate

    ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Vikings are close to a new stadium after the House early today approved a construction plan 71-60.

    By: Don Davis, INFORUM

    Published May 10, 2012, 07:37 AM

    ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Vikings are close to a new stadium after the House early today approved a construction plan 71-60.

    Representatives debated the stadium bill an hour and 50 minutes after day-long negotiations produced a compromise bill after the House and Senate p-a-s-s-e-d differing versions.

    Soon after p-a-s-s-i-n-g the stadium bill, the House adjourned for the year before 4 a.m. today.

    Senators expect to take up the bill later today before adjourning until 2013. If they p-a-s-s it, Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign the bill. Before a stadium is fully approved, the Minneapolis City Council must p-a-s-s it within 30 days.

    http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/360316/group/homepage/

  37. By minne on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I am going to agree with DRS 10-6 plus or minue one win. While they are a young team, and still have some needs, it is fair to say that no team is truly solid through and through. Our division is tough, but coming in as underdogs does give us a leg up. Teams are underestimating us, and will not look at the Vikes as serious contenders which will equate to additional wins. Plus given the emotions involving the stadium issue, and the emotional victory it could be may provide an extra push for the team to step up as a whole.

  38. By minne on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe that is what Gooddell promised the legislator when he came. A SB ring for the Vikes in 2011 hahahahah.

  39. By minne on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I mean 2012

  40. By greatirishpotatofamine on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I think if the vikes dont beat the jaguars straight up this season could quickly turn into a train wreck. But realistically i think 6-10, id be happy with that

  41. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings stadium bill p-a-s-s-e-s House, moves to Senate

    ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Vikings are close to a new stadium after the House early today approved a construction plan 71-60.

    By: Don Davis, INFORUM

    Published May 10, 2012, 07:37 AM

    The final House vote did not fall along party lines, but split both parties.

    Those against the Lanning bill delivered strong speeches.

    Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, said a stadium will not strengthen Minnesota. The state needs, instead, to lower taxes and invest in schools, she said.

    Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, complained that a project of nearly $1 billion was in the single bill, while the House could only p-a-s-s a bill half that size to fund public works projects across the state.

    “Minnesota taxpayers will be subsidizing fans,” Franson said.

    Rep. Tom Hackbarth, R-Cedar, said the funding approved in the bill, using expanded taxes with electronic pulltabs and bingo, never has been used.

    “These electronic pulltabs don’t exist anywhere,” Hackbarth said, and likely will not produce enough revenue to repay stadium construction loans.

    However, Vikings fans thanked legislators for keeping the team in Minnesota for another generation. Many in full Vikings outfits were in the House galleries and applauded when the vote was announced.

    Lanning said he looks forward to a long stadium life that will serve many needs other than just professional football.

    For Lanning, today’s vote was the c-l-i-m-a-x of seven years of working on the issue.

    Stadium backers worked long hours in recent days as they tried to smooth over differences between the House and Senate and between legislators and the Vikings.

    “There was a lot of give and take, a lot of compromise,” Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said.

    Rep. Terry Morrow, DFL-St. Peter, told colleagues that Lanning worked hard to reach a compromise for the good of the entire state.

    http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/360316/group/homepage/

  42. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I have to go, so have fun.

  43. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I think the Vikings had many things going wrong for them last season…Even this stadium bill being a huge distraction for its owner !!…

    Look for a much better team this season…

    And YES…A team that can raise some h3ll in their own division !!!…

    Minimum…I see the Vikings having a 9-7 season…

    If this team fights as hard as Zygi and Dayton did to get this stadium bill to pass…

    It could mean the play-offs….???

    Fans need to ride on top of these positive waves..

    Good things are happening here in Minnesota !! ; )

  44. By Jeffbleedspurple on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Watch it live here!

    http://www.livestream.com/theuptake2?utm_source=lsplayer&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=footerlinks

  45. By Eric The Red on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone know when they convene for the vote?

  46. By minne on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    That, in all respects, is possible greatirishpotatofamine, I just can’t bring myself to say that I would be happy with a 6-10 season. It would show improvement, which is great! Our offense is greatly improved though, and our D has been improved as well. I think we have a real shot at being above .500

  47. By Frederick Jones on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings would be wise to take a very short lease.

    I believe the hype on KFAN about this current stadium construction being similar to that of the Metrodome in that it will be done as cheaply as possible. Barrerio said it will only seat 65, 000 people.

    The MPLS-ST.PAUL area is growing, how can that be enough seats?

  48. By DeerTracks on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    OK. now that this is almost a done deal, watch Zigy get his money back!

    How will he do this? Answer; The price of seats in this new monster will go thru the opening in the retrackable roof (if there will be one) if not then on any excuse..

  49. By greatirishpotatofamine on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    i wish we could 65,000 to a game of anything in australia

  50. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Bilbobaggins…

    If the stadium is to get a retractable roof…It will be built by the Wilf’s…

    And I think that is a very real possibility…

    If the senate were to pass this bill today…I would not doubt the Vikings might announce plans to add the retractable roof…And fairly soon if it happens…

    The longer they wait..The more expensive it would become…Zygi of all people knows that…

    I think Zygi wants that soccer team…And the stadium needs a retractable roof to grow lush green grass field…

    Besides…Has Zygi ever been cheap doing anything ???…imo

  51. By Jeffbleedspurple on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I could easily see the Vikes going 10-6, despite that 3-13 record we forget how many of those games played out, great first half leads that we let get away from us and the close games we had, fix a few things and the results would be much different.

  52. By minne on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Frederick, this is Zygi’s design. He must have thought that would suffice, or has something in mind for down the road. I think an undersized stadium is very wise in terms of business. Think about it in terms of economics. High demand + Low supply = High ticket prices.

  53. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    65,000 is perfect…

    To big and there would be a chance of not filling the seats…And then that causing games to be “blacked out”…

    If Zygi can fill those seats to capacity every Sunday for the next 30 yrs…He will be a VERY happy camper !!!

    If they host a super bowl…The capacity of the stadium can be increased to 72,000 seats I believe if necessary…

  54. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    At any rate…The design of the stadium allows for expansion in seat capacity at some point if needed… : )

  55. By BUSbrandon on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    The senate is supposed to start discussing at noon today but vote on it later afternoon or this evening but if it passed with an extra 25 million than it will pass with an extra 50 million about time!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. By billbobagons1 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    OTKalil2012 what make you think that the Ziggy might spring for buying a roof?

  57. By minne on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Because if he wants an MLS team, then he will want a retractable roof, and I can assure you the state will not pay for it.

  58. By SJFritz on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks to the Wilfs for being so generous. I am glad this is almost over and we will finally get the stadium passed.

  59. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    senate is calling to order…Debates should start soon…

    I can hear “Fufu dust” senator Neinow talking in my mind already…lol… : (

    Hoping senator Hann is sick today ??…Nothing life threatening..

    Just maybe a bad case of laryngitis… ; )

  60. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Bilbo…

    minne said it correctly…Zygi is truly interested in the soccer team…

    I am not sure about MBL rules…But think they have to play major league soccer on REAL grass…And not astroturf of any kind…

  61. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    *MSL

  62. By 61Vikings on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Had a dream, more like a nightmare, that the Vikes had moved to Toronto, Canada, ugh!! It’s one thing to move to LA, but another to move to Canada!!!! There’s been lots of sleepness nights in resent weeks over the stadium issue, but hopefully now, we can put it all behind us after today, so we can look forward to the upcoming season and knowing our beloved Vikings will be staying in Minnesota!! Go Vikes!!!!

  63. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    61Vikings…

    I am with you…

    This stadium issue along with the draft has had my thoughts on the Vikings a great deal of late…

    Stress levels can come down a great deal for fans and politicians today…

    Just vote yes !!!…

    And let fans get back into a normal football off season…And senators can take a much needed rest before their next session…

  64. By 61Vikings on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Here’s to the Wilf family for keeping the Vikings, an institution in Minnesota for 50 years!! I’m sure there are many others involved to thanks, but as owners of our team, they could have easily have packed it in and headed for LA LA land, but they didn’t and we as fans will be forever grateful!! Go Vikes!!!

  65. By Eric The Red on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Let the debacle begin.

  66. By Viking-ology on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    One last step to get to Dayton. Vikings are in the red-zone driving for the TD…

  67. By Eric The Red on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder in the shot -gun with Peterson in the backfield. (Please continue)

  68. By iaVIKE on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Just a quick THANK YOU !!!….From here also to all involved !!!…

    No matter how this turns out..Gov Dayton…senators Rosen and Lanning…Mayor Rybak…And for the many other senators that have shown their support from both parties !!!…

    And last but not least Zygi and Mark Wilf !!!

    A big THANK YOU !!!…

    For all of your hard work to keep the Minnesota Vikings here in the land of 10,000 lakes !!!…Home of Paul Bunyan and Babe his blue ox…And our Minnesota Twins !!…

    The Vikings are truly part of Minnesota’s legacy…

    Lets just hope the senate does the right thing later today…
    (fingers still crossed here)..

    Vote YES !!!….To send this bill to the governor who fought so hard to get this stadium for the Vikings and the people of Minnesota…

    Because it is the right thing to do for all involved…
    ——————————————————————————————————————

    Well said OTK!!

  69. By Frederick Jones on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Put some bleachers up in Blaine, I don’t care.

    I’m just saying that IF the Vikings are not allowing for possible growth of the fan base in Minnesota, and building a 65,000 seat stadium, then it’s the Metrodome all over again!

    The Metrodome was a fiasco for football right from the start, and everybody knew it.

  70. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Fred– sooo true– my exact sentiments. Even as a teenager when the dome was built, I remember cringing– why the mediocrity? What I don’t get, though, is how this can be a billion dollar stadium and be so small? Unless every seat is a big lazy-boy recliner with wait staff service– now that would be saweeet!
    I would think we would want at least 75-80K seats.

  71. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone needs to calm down– there is still the senate vote– and from what I watched the other night there is some strong opposition to the stadium. The margin was only abt 10 votes– it was close. And looking at the house– the first vote went through with a lot more votes than the second vote– parody, look it up and correct me if I am wrong– it is what I recall.

  72. By Cody C on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Love the Lazy Boy idea makes sence to me ah

  73. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    My original hometown Buffalo has more seats than this new one– and that is a much smaller market than the Twin Cities (except of course all those Canadians around the corner– and that is a huge metro in Toronto).

    Ha ha ha– I just looked up Ralph Wilson Stadium– cost 22 million to build in 1973 with 80K seats. In today’s dollars, Wikipedia says it would be 115 Million.

  74. By Mike B. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    The retractable roof was tied in with the getting the MLS exclusive rent free for 5 yrs. That was taken out of the bill, so unless Wilfs decide otherwise the Retractable Roof is not going to happen. There are no new amendments alllow so this is the deal. There will be no exclusive MLS for the Wilfs. They have to negotiate it through the new stadium authority. The Viking already agreed to a 30 yr lease Fred it’s set in the bill that Ziggy agreed to last night. He also ponied up 50M more for the deal. Thank You Wilfs for keeping the Vikings in MN.

  75. By PurplHaze on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, the margin in the Senate was only 10 votes AND they wanted another $25 mil. The Wilfs said, “OK … We’ll see your $25 mil and raise you $25 mil!” How can the Senate POSSIBLY vote the bill down at this point, when Team Ownership trumped the Senate’s request??? Just doesn’t make sense!

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAARRROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  76. By Mike B. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    The agreed $477 M for the private side was agreed to by Ziggy last night which was 50M more than the “set in stone” number. That is not quite inbetween the 25M the senate asked for and the 105M the house asked for. This a good deal that the Wilfs agreed too. Congrats we will get a new stadium.

  77. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    PurpleHaze– because the votes against the stadium were not based on the amount of funding, but the source of funding. I listened to Marty and some of the others in what constituted the meat of their stance. I am not saying it won’t go through, but it ain’t over till it’s over.

  78. By iaVIKE on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Did Titus just say “ain’t”? :)

  79. By PurplHaze on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B. … You have “Frederick Jones Syndrome”!!! :-/

    Repeating yourself doesn’t help you get your point accross, but it’s sure as HE11 annoying!

  80. By PurplHaze on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Titus … I can hear that “Fat Lady” back yonder!!! =)

  81. By Mike B. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    They can no longer admend the bill they can only debate and vote on it now Titus there will be no more changes to the bill. It is now what it is and the Wilfs have agreed to it.

  82. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    PurpleHaze, I think I hear her too– but I am just sayin’ — the last hurdle is still there. Let’s not let the balloons out quite yet.

  83. By Mike B. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Why do you say that PurpleHaze? Cause I actually knew what I was talking about yesterday.

  84. By PurplHaze on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    You’re being realistic at this point because the process has been so loooooooooooooooooooooooong and not very possitive, Titus … I get it, and agree to a certain extent.

    Can’t wait until the FANS, the VIKINGS, MINNEAPOLIS, and MINNESOTA can put this one to bed!!!

  85. By PurplHaze on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Pullin’ your leg, MIke B. Just don’t let FJ rub off on you too much… ;-)

  86. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    I hope that was not premature.

  87. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Wilfs have agreed to pretty close to a middle ground. They offered $427M, the Senate countered with $532M and the House came in with $452M. These three numbers average out to about $470M. So the fact that Ziggy agreed to push that up to $477M is a big statement. If the Senate turns this down, they all are either completely ignorant and/or are looking to get voted out because they would prefer a job in waste management.

  88. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Come to think of it, they wouldn’t even need to get voted out for a job in waste management. They let the Vikings leave and the entire state turns into a large landfill. They’ll have to figure out how to manage the waste of the dome as well as the businesses and houses being abandoned because of the failures of the politicians.

  89. By Mike B. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Has Senator John Marty done his crying about spending money on sports venues again today?

  90. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Marty is a politician through and through. He cried– don’t teach our children that when someone threatens, you give in. What nonsense. Only tells his twisted perception of reality to bend his constituents minds to serve his purpose.

    I like to think that the Wilfs were incredibly patient and generous– and at some point we need to teach our children that sometimes you have to compromise.

  91. By ozzinator on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, maybe now your “Moss” will come back………..hee hee

  92. By Mike B. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    What’s worse is Marty will probably stay in office after obsructing the bill for so long.

  93. By Mike B. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    When did they start debate?

  94. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Senator John Marty is whining so much about us setting the wrong priorities on the Vikings team…spending way too much time on this when there are other things more important that they could be addressing…

    IF that’s true, why is he wasting so much time crying about it??? If these idiots would just vote and pass the bill already they could start working on these other things that he thinks are more important!

    What he doesn’t realize is that this pathetic little NFL franchise that we shouldn’t care about is one of the few things that is guaranteed to help pay for those other priorities of his.

  95. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    And now this Benjamin Kruse is sounding like William Shatner, giving his spoken word versions of popular songs! I wish I was in some of these morons’ districts, just so I could vote against them.

  96. By WAStateVikesFan on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds to me like Kruse and Marty are attempting to run out the clock using whatever means necessary to kill the bill. By law, congress can’t be in session for more than 120 days…..today is day 120 i believe

  97. By celticvikingwarrior on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    GOD BLESS THE WILF FAMILY, LESTER BAGLEY AND ALL THOSE FROM THE VIKING FAMILY WHO WORKED SO HARD FOR SO LOOOONG TO GET THIS DEAL DONE (INSERT PRAYER TO THE SENATE HERE)
    INCLUDED IN THIS SENTIMENT ARE GOV. DAYTON AND ALL THE OTHER (GAG) POLITIANS WHO ALSO GAVE THEIR ALL TO THIS PROJECT.
    AGAIN, THANK YOU ZYGI & MARK WILF AND GOD BLESS FROM THE BOTTOM OF THIS TRANSPLANTED MINNESOTAN’S HEART !!!!!!!!!!
    I NOW LIVE IN CALI., BUT NEVER WANTED TO SEE MY BELOVED TEAM LEAVE MINNESOTA, EVEN FOR L.A. (I LIVE IN A SUBURB OF) WHICH WOULD HAVE MADE IT MUCH EASIER FOR ME TO SEE THEM. I DID NOT EVER WANT IT !!!!!!!!!!!
    THEY ARE MY ONLY REASON FOR LIVING (AND OLD SCHOOL JETHRO TULL) AND I’M VERY CLOSE TO BEING THE HAPPIEST I’VE BEEN SINCE THE BUD GRANT,I.E. SUPER BOWL(S) ERA…………..SKOL VIKES

  98. By Viking-ology on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t believe some of you are griping about the size of the stadium-after all thats happened and all the Wilf’s went through to get this passed, I think, as businessmen they know what sizt the stadium should be. And from what I heard, read and seen, the stadium will be a state of the art complex inside and out, so whats the problem?

  99. By Viking-ology on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    (size)

  100. By Viking-ology on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    The main focus is for the Viking’s to remain in Minny-and that is very close to becoming a reality, lets not worry about minor details of the stadium. The Wilf’s will make you proud to be a Viking fan when you enter the new complex…(after this final vote of course.)

  101. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B…

    Zygi did get his 5 yr exclusive rights back for a soccer team in conference committee…

    So he will build that retractable roof…IF he wants to have a soccer team…

    And that is a very possible situation…At only the Vikings paying the extra 50 million dollars for it…

  102. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    *With only

  103. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ortman hears a Who !!!…

    This chick bugs me !!!

  104. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Viking-ology, I hear ya, dude. Chicago is a huge metro and their stadium is smaller than our proposed one. As long as the Vikes stay in MN, I am glad. By the time the stadium is done, I may be living elsewhere, but at least they are where they belong.

  105. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Finally we have a politician that is capable of thinking logically! Why aren’t there more David Tomassoni’s in office?

  106. By Mike B. on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    OTK

    He didn’t if another NFL owner wants to negotiate a MLS team in the stadium. they worded it so that Ziggy could be excluded while I was lunching I heard the Limmer debate.

  107. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ingebrigtsen sounds like he has a brain too! Two politicians in the same room with intelligence…what are the odds?

  108. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    The MN Vikings fans are the biggest reason for this stadium issue
    p-a-s-s-i-n-g.

    GO VIKINGS!!!!!

  109. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    They are rapping up now, here we go.

  110. By iaVIKE on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for keepin us up to date throughout this whole ordeal, DRS! True Vikes fan!

  111. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Votes are coming in now: 29Y – 12 N and counting…

  112. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    They are voting!!!!

  113. By Thevikes07 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    37-28 LOL~BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  114. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    37 Y – 28 N with what looks like 2 votes remaining.

    I think it passed!

  115. By minne on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    it passed!!!!!

  116. By minne on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Dayton’s signature, and Vikings official acceptance, and we got ourselves a new stadium!!!

  117. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    It p-a-s-s-e-s!!!!!!!

  118. By Thevikes07 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    GOOD JOB EVERYONE! WE GOT A NEW HOME FOR OUR VIKINGS..

    REMEMBER IN Nov DONT VOTE FOR kurt ZELLERS! what a huge tool!

  119. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    So what will be the final home game in the Dome? I’d like to buy tickets now!

    Some time in mid-2015 is my understanding, as the final half of the 2015 season will be needed to knock down the dome to complete the new stadium.

  120. By PTviking on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    That was not the final vote!

  121. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Final vote!!!!!

  122. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    36 – 30 on this vote

  123. By PTviking on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Now it’s official!!

  124. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    It was close– I thought so, but we can BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  125. By Thevikes07 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  126. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Off to the governor.

  127. By Viking-ology on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  128. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    So what was the first vote? I’m confused….did they vote on two different things?

  129. By PTviking on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    No, it was just an intention of vote

  130. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, that vote was to bring the bill back to the floor for a vote.

  131. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Something like that, it is now up to the Gov.

  132. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    What!? They have to have a vote on whether or not they WILL vote before they vote???

    If that’s what it was, one word comes to mind.

    ANAL!

  133. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Politics, confusing at best.

  134. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, it is not quite as crazy as it sounds– it is more or less ensuring everyone has had their say, and the deliberations are over.

  135. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Our process is sometimes very slow– but better than the alternative–

  136. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B

    In conference committee…

    The Vikings put the soccer team 5 yr exclusive rights back into the stadium deal…

    They are going to pay rent now instead of it being free…That was part of the negotiated terms they just voted on…

  137. By celticvikingwarrior on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Can anyone explain why the TWO votes ? I watchedit pass 38-28, came back here to submit a cheer (not accepted,TWICE) go back in time to see the end of ANOTHER vote, this time 36-30. I’m confused, but VERY HAPPY it’s final……

  138. By Viking-ology on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    This a big day if you’re a Viking fan.

  139. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – They had 10 years. If they didn’t have their say by now, they should check into a psychiatric ward, cause chances are they forgot how to speak.

  140. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I feel a lot better now; there will be a new stadium, not where I would have put it, but what the hay.

  141. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Could be Parody — ha ha ha ha ha-

  142. By iaVIKE on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    BAAARRROOOOOOOOOOOO

  143. By PTviking on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I would like to thank DRS for all the stadium information he gave us and for all the work he put in.
    Enjoy your new stadium guys!!
    I

  144. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Agreed DRS. Better at the planned location in Minneapolis than in California, or any other state. Still, we could have gotten something so much better, and at a cheaper price in Arden Hills. But that’s the price we pay for falling prey to the big business that calls themselves the government.

  145. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    celticvikingwarrior, the first vote was to see if it was ok to vote on the bill.

  146. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Next time they should vote to make sure that it’s okay to vote on whether or not it’s okay to vote…

  147. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Now what will I do? Feel funny now, will have to find something new to get behind. This is all if the Governor and Minneapolis sign and vote for the stadium.

  148. By Viking-ology on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Thanx DRS for all your updates through this process…I hope you stick around now that the off-season can be focused on heading into the new season.

  149. By OTKalil2012 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    I would like to thank DRS also… : )

    Long wait to see how all this stadium talk turned out…

    Glad to see it being a positive result for Viking fans for 30 yrs to come !!!!

    GO VIKINGS !!!

  150. By Parody on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Keep us updated on the final movements DRS! It feels official now, but there are a few formalities that need to happen yet.

    Heck, you could start updating us on the progress of the stadium! A lot of us -even those of us who live in the state – don’t visit central Minneapolis frequently enough to stay up-to-date on that.

  151. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Viking-ology, I will, i just feel funny now.

  152. By Viking-ology on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    A BIG THANK YOU goes out to the Wilf’s and all associated for their will and determination in getting a long overdue stadium approved to keep the Vikings in Minnesota-Cheers!

  153. By Viking-ology on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    DRS-lol

  154. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, a great Ideal, I will have to look into it. The p-a-s-s is in the air and the receiver has it on his fingertips and he has crossed the goal line will it be a touch down? It is looking extremely good at the time, now it is up to the Governor and Minneapolis to do their jobs.

  155. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Adrian Peterson’s braced for more

    Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune Updated: May 10, 2012 – 12:40 AM

    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is at that dangerous part of knee rehab — feeling good enough to push it too hard

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/150877515.html

  156. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Take it easy Adrian Peterson, we need to heal all the way, do not puss it too hard.

  157. By celticvikingwarrior on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    DRS, THANKS FOR CLARIFYING, MUCH APPRECIATED !!!!
    UNBEFREAKINGLIEVABLE, we FINALLY get a stadium deal “done” and ESPN”s “lead” and “breaking news” is that “Kobe” has a TUMMY ACHE !!!!!!!
    AMAZING………..

  158. By Titus on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    Fred Jones got us a GM, but DRS got us a stadium!

    Great job DRS

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  159. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    May 10, 2012 3:00 PM Minnesota Senate is last stop for Vikings stadium

    Outgunned but not going quietly, opponents expressed disgust that lawmakers were bowing to baseless fears of the team leaving if it doesn’t get a new stadium.

    “I think the state got rolled. Our constituents got rolled,” said Rep. Tina Liebling, a Democrat from Rochester. “I think we can do much better.”

    Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen was among those to slam the state’s decision to authorize thousands of mini-gambling devices in bars and restaurants and take a cut of the profits. He characterized the plan as preying on people addicted to gambling.

    “Rather than Robin Hood, we’re robbing the poor to subsidize the rich,” said Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe.

    But ardent fan Larry Spooner Jr., the leader of a band of Vikings fans who held daily vigils at the Capitol during stadium discussions, was giddy with excitement. Spooner said he would hold off on celebrating until all of the votes were done.

    “We are Vikings fans,” he said. “We are prepared for the worst.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57432000/minnesota-senate-is-last-stop-for-vikings-stadium/

  160. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    LOL, sorry that should have been push not puss.

  161. By DRS on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    We all got the stadium deal done; thank you all for doing your best to get this issue p-a-s-s-e-d.

  162. By billbobagons1 on May 10, 2012 | Reply

    When is Mark dating going to sign for the stadium to be a done deal?

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