Vikings Stadium Bill Could Push Minn. Legislature Into A Longer SessionMinnesota Legislators will be extending this year's session past tomorrow's scheduled closing date. Leaders say it could go into mid-May now to pass a tax-cut package, a construction finance bill and a Vikings stadium agreement.
Minnesota Legislators will be extending this year's session past tomorrow's scheduled closing date. Leaders say it could go into mid-May now to pass a tax-cut package, a construction finance bill and a Vikings stadium agreement.
The current Vikings project proposal seeks funding from the team, the NFL, and the public. That leaves some with mixed emotions.
"Well they definitely need one. I do think that it seems like the NFL is pressuring them to come up with a solution," stadium supporter Randy Phelps said.
A Vikings Stadium Bill was passed by the Senate Taxes Committee Friday. That plan has the state paying $398 million of the $975 million stadium project.
"They want to use tax payer money, which is ridiculous because I don't want to pay for a losing team," Tim Lee, who opposes building a new stadium, said.
"There should be something where maybe the tax payers do contribute a little bit because it does seem to bring a lot of business to the Cities. When I used to travel from Fargo, North Dakota down to see a game it was just constant traffic all the way down there," Phelps added.
Governor Dayton and other stadium supporters have warned the team will leave if the legislature cannot produce a new stadium.
Young and old, many people have their own thoughts on that possibility.
"I think they should just, you know, if they don't get it suck it up. They'll get one eventually," Miranda Opdahl said.
"As a Packers fan I think they should stay because it's a great rivalry. And the fans on both sides of the borders, it's a lot of fun," Jim Wakefield said.
"I doubt they'll leave. I mean I hope not, but if they do it'll be a shame," Phelps said.
All we know now is lawmakers will likely have a couple more weeks to work something out.
With the current bill, the state's portion of the funding would come from allowing charities that sponsor gambling to introduce electronic pull tab and bingo games.