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Vikings stadium clears last obstacle in Legislature

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Less than three weeks after the effort to build a new Vikings stadium was dead in the water, the Minnesota Legislature has given its blessing to the project.

Per multiple reports, the Senate passed the final version of the bill, by a vote of 36-30.

The measure now moves to the Governor’s desk, where Mark Dayton’s pen is poised to sign it.

The plan still must be officially approved by the Minneapolis City Council.  That isn’t believed to be a serious obstacle.

For now.

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64 Responses to “Vikings stadium clears last obstacle in Legislature”
  1. scoboscobs says: May 10, 2012 3:51 PM

    I still have a hard time fully celebrating this. Being a lifelong Vikings fan, I’m expecting a last minute collapse.

  2. sevensixtwonato says: May 10, 2012 3:52 PM

    Good deal

  3. muskyhunter2542 says: May 10, 2012 3:53 PM

    Congrats!!! Now put together a competitive team

  4. cusoman says: May 10, 2012 3:55 PM

    Done. Deal. There’s really no question it will finish now. Awesome day in Viking land.

    LA bashers, take your vitriol elsewhere.

    PFT, stop tagging the Vikings in LA Stadium stories.

  5. mjscalise says: May 10, 2012 4:01 PM

    This is excellent news for us Vikings fans all around. Lets hope that our team will be back on top of the division by opening day of the new stadium. Yes I will admit the vikes are not as good as they were but then again I recall the Packers were dog sh!t from the 70s through the 80s.

  6. harness88 says: May 10, 2012 4:02 PM

    Wow they did something right !!! Good for Minnesota!

  7. tommygj33 says: May 10, 2012 4:03 PM

    hallelujah! hallelujah! hallelu! hallelu! hallelujah!!!!!

  8. ricky9984 says: May 10, 2012 4:04 PM

    Yea buddy! The stadium is here!

  9. wludford says: May 10, 2012 4:04 PM

    Congratulations and thank you everyone who supported building a new stadium and keeping the Vikings in Minnesota!

  10. greatminnesotasportsmind says: May 10, 2012 4:07 PM

    You can stop talking about LA now

  11. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: May 10, 2012 4:07 PM

    The league is determined to stunt the Steelers’ greatness from reaching an even larger proportion. While we understand this, we have come to resent it. We have done well to overcome this adversity winning two SBs under this regime of manipulation. The threat the Steelers impose on the league grows annually, however.

    Nothing can keep the Steelers down. We prepare for wars while at peace, topple nations, and exterminate the populace. We’ve laid the groundwork for this game. We’ve taught lesser mortals what’s right and wrong. We will never tolerate authority over this game that is greater than our own. Rising from the sabotage attempts from the league, the Steeler Nation has decided that we will not ignore it any longer.

    After defeating the league (and the sabotage attempts in place) this one last time to earn Lombardi number seven we will cross our glory to its proper ascended path, the Steeler Football League. This league will arrive with just the Steelers in all its glory. The league will have eight teams to start. The current Steelers will be drafted to these teams equally. Players from the tainted NFL, once deemed pure and worthy, will be allowed to sign with teams via supplemental draft in order to fill roster spots. Coaches and personnel will follow the same procedures.

    There will be an overhaul of the rules that the tainted NFL uses. The idea is to bring back REAL football. Rules that make the run game relevant again. Rules that don’t overprotect the QB. Recent subtle rules will be eliminated as well. Refs will be required to have at least played football on the collegiate level.

    We provide this to the peasants because we are extremely gracious. We will be announcing our new sacrifice shrine sometime mid-august this year. We appreciate your patience. We respect that many fans want the Steelers gone because of our overwhelming dominance. We thank you for your feedback and we see your position. This is clearly the best propostion for all parties. You may all go back to river of tears, while we sail the 7 seas. Whoa.

  12. tombradysponytail says: May 10, 2012 4:10 PM

    Glad to see vikes are not leaving (dad-in-law is a huge fan), but have any of you even read the proposal? Zygi puts up almost no dollars that are not eitherz: a) revenue generated from the stadium (e.g., through personal seat licenses, naming rights) or b) a loan from the NFL. He puts up almost none of his own money, meanwhile MN has to come up with almost $500M – and will need to raise taxes if the gambling revenue falls short. Wow, I guess they really did want the vikes to stay after all…

  13. lnfinite says: May 10, 2012 4:15 PM

    Great day to be a Minnesota Viking fan. The city council vote is an afterthought. Haters that ranted about the Vikings moving can find something else to troll about.

  14. bzeller says: May 10, 2012 4:15 PM

    Congrats Viking fans…..great franchise , great fans…….very well deserved. Now let’s all sit back and watch for all the stupid comments coming from the Packer fans. I’ve never seen more non Viking fans obsessed with any other team. They must be afraid of something !!!

  15. contra74 says: May 10, 2012 4:22 PM

    Hey Carl, our stadium is doing just fine. Thanks for asking.

  16. jimmylions says: May 10, 2012 4:22 PM

    Congrats Vikings fans – your long nightmare is almost over. This thing had to feel like a toothache the whole time it was happening!

  17. ilovefoolsball says: May 10, 2012 4:25 PM

    In the end I am happy that the Vikings got this stadium. I know it was fun to joke about them moving to L.A. but I have respect for “true football cities” because not every city that has a pro football team really truly celebrates and cherishes it and the Vikings fans do.

  18. ronin36 says: May 10, 2012 4:36 PM

    I wonder which (if any) amendments that looked really good at the beginning are still there:

    For example.

    The first vote called for an extra 105 million contribution from the team.

    The first vote called for “no black-outs” saying the Vikings would buy unsold tickets.

    My take: those were in the first vote. They got a lot of good press. “Yeah politicians are looking out for the taxpayer! yeah!”

    But the amendments got little mention in subsequent press.

  19. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 10, 2012 4:36 PM

    tombradysponytail says:May 10, 2012 4:10 PM

    Glad to see vikes are not leaving (dad-in-law is a huge fan), but have any of you even read the proposal? Zygi puts up almost no dollars that are not eitherz: a) revenue generated from the stadium (e.g., through personal seat licenses, naming rights) or b) a loan from the NFL. He puts up almost none of his own money, meanwhile MN has to come up with almost $500M – and will need to raise taxes if the gambling revenue falls short. Wow, I guess they really did want the vikes to stay after all…
    ________

    So you’re upset because Zygi isn’t losing money on the deal? Why would he spend money on it if he wasn’t going to be able to make enough to cover the cost? By the way, last I checked loans need to be repaid. For a currency trader, you sure don’t know much about finance.

  20. eagleempire says: May 10, 2012 4:49 PM

    CONGRATS VIKING FANS! Glad to see your Vikings staying put where they belong! Now get back to an open air stadium!

  21. Mikey says: May 10, 2012 4:54 PM

    I’m a Saints fan, and I have to say (if this stadium deal finally goes through) this is a great day for the NFL in general. We all know the NFC East gets all the press because of the cities represented, but its the NFC North that has the most heated and historic rivalries in the league. The fans of those franchises are amongst the most knowlegable in the NFL as well. It would have been a God-awful shame to have a team in Los Angeles playing in the NFC “North”. I remember when it was quasi-realistic possibility of the Saints moving to San Antonio, I didn’t want to think about it, but found myself CONSTANTLY thinking about it. I’m glad for Vikings fans everywhere and the Twin Cities.

  22. vikesfan67 says: May 10, 2012 4:57 PM

    Sweet day in the land of 10,000 lakes…!!!skol Vikings

  23. vikingprideforever says: May 10, 2012 5:00 PM

    Superbowl homeboy!

  24. mizzouram says: May 10, 2012 5:02 PM

    Congrats you just bought yourself another 20 years. Signed, St. Louis Rams fans

  25. supermariojosh says: May 10, 2012 5:02 PM

    bzeller says: May 10, 2012 4:15 PM

    Congrats Viking fans…..great franchise , great fans…….very well deserved. Now let’s all sit back and watch for all the stupid comments coming from the Packer fans. I’ve never seen more non Viking fans obsessed with any other team. They must be afraid of something !!!
    —————————————
    *sigh*

    Outside of a couple of jerk trolls (textington, gerbschmidt) you’ll see that most of us Packer fans actually want the Vikings to stay (while making fun of what train wrecks this process and team were in the meantime). Nevermind that there are an equal amount of Vikings trolls (contra, pvy harvin) that are equally obsessed with Packer articles.

    Face it, Minnesota and Wisconsin are mirror images of eachother – which is why we all fight so much. Neither one can acknowledge the strengths of the other. For example, Wisconsin has the better football team, better cheese, nicer people, Minnesota has slightly more miserable winters.

    Wait…what are the strengths of Minnesota again? :-) Just kidding kids. I live in Minnesota and it’s alright. Congrats on the new stadium Viking fans.

  26. anarchopurplism says: May 10, 2012 5:03 PM

    And the silence you hear is…….Los Angeles!!!!

  27. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 10, 2012 5:04 PM

    ronin36 says:May 10, 2012 4:36 PM

    I wonder which (if any) amendments that looked really good at the beginning are still there:

    For example.

    The first vote called for an extra 105 million contribution from the team.

    The first vote called for “no black-outs” saying the Vikings would buy unsold tickets.

    My take: those were in the first vote. They got a lot of good press. “Yeah politicians are looking out for the taxpayer! yeah!”

    But the amendments got little mention in subsequent press.
    _________

    The Vikings are paying an extra $50 million. That has been widely reported.

  28. cusoman says: May 10, 2012 5:04 PM

    Mikey says:
    May 10, 2012 4:54 PM
    I’m a Saints fan, and I have to say (if this stadium deal finally goes through) this is a great day for the NFL in general. We all know the NFC East gets all the press because of the cities represented, but its the NFC North that has the most heated and historic rivalries in the league. The fans of those franchises are amongst the most knowlegable in the NFL as well. It would have been a God-awful shame to have a team in Los Angeles playing in the NFC “North”. I remember when it was quasi-realistic possibility of the Saints moving to San Antonio, I didn’t want to think about it, but found myself CONSTANTLY thinking about it. I’m glad for Vikings fans everywhere and the Twin Cities.

    ————————

    This site needs more Saints fans like you.

  29. len462 says: May 10, 2012 5:04 PM

    Great news! Now if only we can get them to build a 30 ft wall on the east side of the state so we don’t have to look at Wisconsin…

  30. thepvyharvin says: May 10, 2012 5:10 PM

    I love my wife. The Vikings are my mistress. Glad I get to keep them both!!! Breaking out the good stuff tonight!

  31. macguyver1914 says: May 10, 2012 5:19 PM

    Im a Saints fan all day, but Im glad for Viking fans everywhere.The Vikings belong in Minnesota. Regardless of what has gone down and the hard feelings involved, this is good for the NFL.

  32. 69allday says: May 10, 2012 5:19 PM

    Suck on that Gerbschmidt!!!!! Ha!!

  33. textexington says: May 10, 2012 5:19 PM

    Winning 4 Superbowls > Losing 4 Superbowls

  34. contra74 says: May 10, 2012 5:27 PM

    anarchopurplism says:May 10, 2012 5:03 PM

    And the silence you hear is…….Los Angeles!!!!
    ——-
    Not to rain on your post but I live in Los Angeles and quite honestly there is no buzz at all over the prospects of having an NFL here. The buzz going on now is the fact that all the LA teams are doing great! In the NBA we have the Lakers and Clippers in the playoffs . In the NHL we have the Kings deep in the playoffs. In the MLB we have a new ownership group in the Dodgers and they are off to a HOT start. In all, prospects of an NFL team coming to LA is not really a blip on most sports fans radars. Glad the Vikes are staying in MN!

  35. comeonnowguys says: May 10, 2012 5:30 PM

    Great day to be a Minnesota Viking fan. The city council vote is an afterthought. Haters that ranted about the Vikings moving can find something else to troll about.

    Won’t have to go far.

    Now that the stadium issue is apparently resolved, there is nothing distracting everyone away from the terrible football team.

    Careful what you wish for!

  36. kane337 says: May 10, 2012 5:31 PM

    I am very happy for Vikings fans. Glad they are staying in Minnesota.

  37. tombradysponytail says: May 10, 2012 5:32 PM

    The Minneapolis mayor says he still has the 7 votes he needs from the city council (which would appear to be the last hurdle), but can you imagine if one of those 7 goes the other way? Might not be a bad way to make a name for yourself among the “Occupy” folks…

  38. footballrulz says: May 10, 2012 5:34 PM

    Honeymoon over Perv?? Congrats on the stadium

  39. minnysoda says: May 10, 2012 5:36 PM

    vikingprideforever says:
    May 10, 2012 5:00 PM
    Superbowl homeboy!

    Does that mean they are building another domed stadium? Hoping to get a Super Bowl Bid ?
    Oh you mean playing in the Super Bowl.
    Damn better hope you don’t have to take a drug test soon

  40. contra74 says: May 10, 2012 5:53 PM

    textexington says:May 10, 2012 5:19 PM

    Winning 4 Superbowls > Losing 4 Superbowls
    ———
    How did that 15-1 season end up for you guys?

    So what, the Vikings are 0-4 in the Superbowl. How many teams have not made it to the final dance?

  41. textexington says: May 10, 2012 6:05 PM

    @ contra74 Superbowl XLV CHAMPS sister!LOLZ.

  42. johnnyb216 says: May 10, 2012 6:08 PM

    Contra, the 15-1 season went better than the queens 3-13 season. And even though it was a failure, it still went just as well if not better than all 51 seasons of the vikings existance.

  43. conormacleod says: May 10, 2012 6:23 PM

    For the morons stating Wilf isn’t putting up any money except for naming rights revenue, seat license revenue, and/or a loan from the NFL; that is like saying you don’t spend any money except what is in your paycheck every week. If Wilf is spending future revenue then it is his money that he could have pocketed instead of pouring back into the Minnesota economy. I’d say 50% of the cost to use something 10 days a year is enough.

  44. contra74 says: May 10, 2012 6:28 PM

    @textexington and @johnnyb216

    Sorry you didnt get your wish regarding a failed stadium plan. But hey, your comments mean you have to hang your hat on something today right?

  45. i10east says: May 10, 2012 6:29 PM

    The Vikes may have won the battle, but LA will win the war….JK

  46. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 10, 2012 6:36 PM

    johnnyb216 says:May 10, 2012 6:08 PM

    Contra, the 15-1 season went better than the queens 3-13 season. And even though it was a failure, it still went just as well if not better than all 51 seasons of the vikings existance.
    _________

    There have been many seasons in which the Vikings won a playoff game. Every one of those seasons was better than the Packers’ 15-1 season that ended tragically with a blowout loss at home to a 9-7 team.

  47. taintedsaints2009 says: May 10, 2012 6:37 PM

    i can’t believe they actually bought into this.

    -Ziggy Wilf.

  48. lnfinite says: May 10, 2012 6:38 PM

    ohnnyb216 says: May 10, 2012 6:08 PM

    Contra, the 15-1 season went better than the queens 3-13 season. And even though it was a failure, it still went just as well if not better than all 51 seasons of the vikings existance.

    —————————————————–

    Since 1961 the Packers have suffered 30 non playoff seasons to the Vikings 24 no playoff seasons. So in other words The Vikings have had more winning seasons than losing ones in their existence. HA!

  49. mediasloppy says: May 10, 2012 6:44 PM

    Thanks for the support from other teams. Aside from a few trolls, it’s nice to be civil once in awhile.

  50. ickky says: May 10, 2012 6:49 PM

    Comments in this post reming me of why I hate Green Bay. Its not the team, they are very talented. Its the douchbag Packer Fans.

  51. 12is3times4 says: May 10, 2012 6:54 PM

    The NFL wants/needs Los Angeles more than Los Angeles wants/needs the NFL, so this isn’t the end of that story, only the end of a chapter.

    With the Vikings apparently out of that picture, the Rams are now at the head of the NFC line to move to LA, followed by the Bucs. In the AFC the line is still Chargers, Bills, Jags and Raiders.

  52. thepvyharvin says: May 10, 2012 6:57 PM

    Hey rulz! Thanks buddy,,,,ok, we got our house on the way. Now back to spanking deserving Packer fans, where are you now sausage heads?

  53. khmer379 says: May 10, 2012 7:10 PM

    The closes thing to winning a SB for the Vikings fans it feel good to have a home for 3 decade now let chase that 1st SB win!

  54. contra74 says: May 10, 2012 8:21 PM

    The best part about having a new stadium is that the Viking fanbase did not get suckered out of having to pay $250 for useless ‘stock’. Wouldnt have worked anyway because the Viking fanbase is too smart for that. In the end, EVERYBODY won and I still have $250 in my pocket!

  55. sportmentary says: May 10, 2012 8:42 PM

    Mike, If you ask Packers fans who bought the stock, they believe they are an owner of the team.

  56. jimnsota says: May 10, 2012 9:04 PM

    New Vikings Staduim and Fishing Opener. Dosent get much better!

  57. thepgx says: May 10, 2012 9:44 PM

    Dear steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh guy,

    How bout you get off your sister, give your mom back the pipe, brush your tooth and never post here again.

    Dumba**

  58. josiewales69 says: May 10, 2012 10:23 PM

    packer fans sure like to remind us how many superbowls they have won and how many we have lost but how many super bowls have the packers lost ?

  59. bighyzer says: May 10, 2012 10:41 PM

    YES! No more LA talk. The Black-n-Blue division remains intact! This won’t be North Des Moines. A good day in Purple Country.

    And to all you fellow division rival fans who wished us well in getting this done (while wishing us the worst during the season), thanks for the support!

  60. snh7997 says: May 10, 2012 10:42 PM

    Happy day.

  61. greatminnesotasportsmind says: May 10, 2012 11:30 PM

    Contra, the 15-1 season went better than the queens 3-13 season. And even though it was a failure, it still went just as well if not better than all 51 seasons of the vikings existance.

     ——————————————————————–

    Way to go Packer fans! Vikings won 12 less games than you, but you only played 1 more game

  62. stellarperformance says: May 10, 2012 11:45 PM

    I am glad the Vikings appear to be on their way to staying in Minnesota. They belong there. I don’t even care that we’ll have to listen to the superiority-complexed Viking fans spout about how much more amazing their stadium will be than Lambeau (of course.) They belong in the same division as the Packers, Bears , and Lions.

    Long Live the Central Division!

  63. dobberdubinsky says: May 11, 2012 1:51 AM

    Skol Vikings, let’s win the game,
    Skol Vikings, honor your name,
    Go get a first down,
    Then get a touchdown,
    Rock em, sock em,
    Fight,
    Fight,
    Fight,
    Fight,
    Skol Vikings, run up the score,
    You’ll hear us yell for more,
    V
    I
    K
    I
    N
    G
    S
    Skol Vikings Skol!!!!

  64. tanfarkenton says: May 11, 2012 4:59 AM

    supermariojosh says:
    May 10, 2012 5:02 PM
    bzeller says: May 10, 2012 4:15 PM

    Congrats Viking fans…..great franchise , great fans…….very well deserved. Now let’s all sit back and watch for all the stupid comments coming from the Packer fans. I’ve never seen more non Viking fans obsessed with any other team. They must be afraid of something !!!
    —————————————
    *sigh*

    Outside of a couple of jerk trolls (textington, gerbschmidt) you’ll see that most of us Packer fans actually want the Vikings to stay (while making fun of what train wrecks this process and team were in the meantime). Nevermind that there are an equal amount of Vikings trolls (contra, pvy harvin) that are equally obsessed with Packer articles.

    Face it, Minnesota and Wisconsin are mirror images of eachother – which is why we all fight so much. Neither one can acknowledge the strengths of the other. For example, Wisconsin has the better football team, better cheese, nicer people, Minnesota has slightly more miserable winters.

    Wait…what are the strengths of Minnesota again? Just kidding kids. I live in Minnesota and it’s alright. Congrats on the new stadium Viking fans.
    —————————————————————–

    Good Call Bro,
    I think any true NFC north fan would not want any of the teams leaving. These teams, this division are rich traditions in the NFL.
    The “Norris division” as Chris Berman would say has some of the best rivals in NFL history. I would have to agree.

    However, lets not get crazy, I wouldn’t say we are “mirror images” of each other as……
    Wisconsin has had more Serial Killers
    Minnesotans can read
    Minnesota has much better looking women (guessing that’s why u live here)
    In all seriousness though folks, this banter with rival fans is what makes it fun, glad we can continue this for another 30 yrs or so!

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