Vikings Stadium Bill Heads to the House

By KBJR News 1

Vikings Stadium Bill Heads to the House

April 24, 2012 Updated Apr 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM CST

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Vikings' hope for a new domed stadium will now rely upon votes on the floors of the Capitol.

After passing the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday, the Vikings stadium bill is now heading to the House floor.

In order to pass the House, the bill would need 68 votes, however it has not been determined yet when the bill will be discussed on the House floor.

Supporters of the stadium hope the bill will make it to both the House and Senate floors before the end of the session. When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited Minnesota on Friday, he warned that the stadium situation needs to be resolved this session if lawmakers want the football team to stay in the state.

The stadium bill calls for a $975 million fixed-roof stadium to be built primarily on the Metrodome site in Minneapolis.

The Vikings will pay $472 million of that bill, while the state pays for the rest of the stadium at $398 million. Profits from electronic pulltabs, electronic bingo and tipboard games would be used to pay the state's part of the bill for the Vikings Stadium.

Critics of the stadium say that electronic pull tabs will not be able to cover the state's portion of the stadium cost and that the General Fund would need to be tapped into in order to pay for the stadium. The bill does, however, list four back-up proposals in case electronic pull tabs do not cover the state's part of the cost.

The Senate stadium bill is scheduled to be heard Tuesday by the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Committee.

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