Vikings Players Weigh In On Stadium Bill Debate

By KBJR News 1

April 25, 2012 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- The Vikings Stadium bill is taking center stage at Minnesota's capitol again today. This time, the players themselves got in on the action.

LeAnn Wallace has the details.

The Vikings brought a little star power to Minnesota's Capitol Wednesday.

A group of players stopped for a visit with Governor Mark Dayton and other lawmakers.

Among them, running back Adrian Peterson, linebacker Chad Greenway and center John Sullivan. Their message was clear:
Minnesota needs a new stadium

"I feel like it would make a big difference, not only for the state of Minnesota, but for the fan. Just to give those guys a new experience and you know, for the players. You know, and the city of Minneapolis needs a new stadium," said Peterson.

Meanwhile, the Vikings Stadium bill appears to be moving closer to votes in the full House and Senate.

Wednesday's hearing by the Senate Finance Committee focused on the funding details.

The bill has the state of Minnesota's portion coming heavily from charitable gambling. Racino and electronic pull tabs in restaurants and bars are both still being weighed.

Senate committee members were told the team would pay for any unexpected cost over–runs. The team would also sign a 40 year lease, keeping them in Minnesota.

Governor Mark Dayton is still putting the odds at 50–50 that the nearly $1 billion dollar downtown Minneapolis stadium will get passed by the time the legislature is set to adjourn next week.