Minneapolis City Council Formally Approves Vikings Stadium By 7-6 Vote

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on May 25, 2012 – 10:19 am

After the Minneapolis City Council’s Committee of the Whole approved the building of the new Vikings stadium by a 7-6 margin during a Thursday meeting, the full Council approved the project by the same margin — 7-6 — on Friday, meaning the project has now passed every possible hurdle and is full-steam-ahead.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the stadium bill into law earlier this month after it passed both the House and the Senate, and this approval by the Minneapolis City Council was the final step in the process.

The city of Minneapolis will pay 15 percent of the total cost, which is roughly $150 million.

Next up in the process will be the creation of the new Stadium Authority.  Three members will be appointed by Gov. Dayton and two by Minneapolis Mayor Mark Dayton.  The Vikings will then begin working with the authority on the design of the stadium and hiring an architect.  That process will take roughly 10-12 months and the ground-breaking taking place next spring or summer.

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