Before the Minnesota Legislature acted on the bill that is poised to become a new Vikings stadium, Minneapolis City Council voted 7-6 to support the project.
Now that Minneapolis City Council is the final legislative obstacle to moving dirt, another 7-6 vote is expected — with, once again, seven City Council members supporting the project.
Council member Meg Tuthill tells Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the outcome should be no different, even though the bill was amended in various ways before emerging with Governor Mark Dayton’s signature. “I think that the seven votes are strong,” Tuthill said. “I haven’t seen any wavering. I haven’t seen anyone questioning anything that has come down the pike in conversation or comments in the last week, so I think we’re in good shape.”
The issue remains controversial, but one added benefit of the bill relates to the adjustment in the debt associated with the Target Center, where the state’s NBA team plays. “The sentiment is running about 50-50 and it’s very, very interesting,” Tuthill said. “I think one of the biggest selling points in my ward and [for] the Minneapolis people that I’ve talked to is that we’re getting the Target Center debt off the back of Minneapolis property tax payers. That’s huge to people. That’s a lot of money. That has really been a thorn in our side for a long time.”
Tuthill also emphasizes that the new venue, like the Metrodome before it, will be used for multiple activities beyond football, including conventions and other large events. As long as six of her colleagues continue to agree, the new stadium finally will be built.