Minnesota Legislature Approves New Vikings Stadium
During a severe winter storm in December 2010, the roof to the Hubert H. Humprhey Metrodome–home to the Minnesota Vikings–collapsed in on itself. Since then, the team and fans have hoped and petitioned for the state to approve a proposal that would give the Vikings a new stadium, keeping them in Minneapolis for the distant future.
Their wish has finally been granted.
After weeks of debate in the Minnesota Legislature–mainly attributed to the costs required building such a stadium and how much the city and team would contribute to these costs–the Senate approved a bill financing a new stadium by a 36-30 vote, with the House concurring with a 71-60 vote. The final step in this process is Governor Mark Dayton signing the bill into law, which he said he would do.
The financial details of the bill include a $975 million upfront construction cost, $477 million of which are coming from the Vikings, and the other $498 million donated by the state of Minnesota and the city of Minneapolis. Upon construction of the stadium, the team will contribute $13 million annually for operating costs, with the city adding another $7.5 million to that cause.
An official date to begin construction has not yet been determined.
This news comes at a time where the fans need something to be ecstatic about–now they finally have a new stadium that permanently keeps their Vikings in Minnesota.
Michael Cellars currently attends Kent State University, where he is majoring in English with minors in writing and psychology. In addition to his studies, he serves in the Ohio Army National Guard. During his free time, he surrounds himself with as much of the NFL as possible, and writes for football websites NFL Soup and Football Nation. Michael’s favorite team is the Green Bay Packers, who he has been an avid fan for his entire life.