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Vikings stadium plan clears Minnesota House

Minnesota Vikings turned out in force at the Minnesota State Capitol to support a new stadium for the Vikings. (Jerry Holt / AP)

The Minnesota Vikings drew closer to the goal line in their quest for a new stadium Monday, with the Minnesota House of Representatives approving a bill for a publicly-subsidized project Monday.

Along the way, though, there was a material change in the legislation, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The amount the Vikings and the NFL must pay for the nearly $1 billion stadium that would replace the Metrodome was increased from $427 million to $532 million, the kind of move that typically does not enchant owners or leagues.

That gap created by the fiscal austerity move will have to be reconciled or dealt with in some fashion, but, with fans chanting “build a stadium, save our team” outside the State Capitol, there was optimism that the Senate could pass the bill fairly quickly and send it to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature by the end of the week. The change, which would lower the state’s share of the project to $293 million, may not survive further negotiations, according to the Star-Tribune.

“There’s time to work on it and get it fixed,” Lester Bagley, the team’s vice-president of public affairs and stadium development, told the Associated Press. “I don’t want to take away from the moment. It was a great day.”

Vikings supporters and construction trades workers rallied outside the Minnesota State Capitol. (Jim Mone / AP)

Still, don’t put on the hard hats and cut that purple ribbon just yet.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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