Last week, a draft letter expressing the support of a majority of Minneapolis City Council for a new Vikings stadium was discovered. This week, the draft has become a signed document.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the powers-that-be in Minneapolis announced Monday that a majority of council supports the proposed stadium.
Support from a majority of the body that governs the city in which the stadium would be built is viewed as critical to the efforts to persuade the Minnesota Legislature to pass a bill that would fund the stadium. If Minneapolis isn’t on board, there’s no reason for the state to be, either.
Still lingering is the question of whether the city’s contribution would comply with a charter provision requiring voter approval of any investment in a sports facility that exceeds $10 million. In our view, litigation on that point is inevitable, since any taxpayer residing in the city limits would have standing to sue.
If/when a new stadium is built, it will be constructed on land adjacent to the Metrodome.