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(POLL) Are You Happy to See the Vikings Get a New Stadium?

The plan was approved by the Senate on Thursday.

With Senate approval coming on Thursday by a 36-30 vote, a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is on its way.

After plenty of twists and turns throughout the legislative session, debate intensified this week, as the House and Senate both held several late-night sessions to discuss the bill.

All that remains now is a signature from Gov. Mark Dayton, who has been an ardent stadium supporter. Dayton is holding a press conference at 5:45 p.m. today with stadium bill authors, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and team owner Zygi Wilf, and Dayton could sign the bill then.

The new stadium will cost roughly $975 million, with the team slated to pay a little less than half. The state will pay about $348 million by expanding gambling. The city of Minneapolis will pay the remaing $150 million.

Under the plan, the Vikings will sign a 30-year lease on the new stadium, which will be built on the site of the Metrodome. The team would pay about $13 million annually in operating fees, and a public authority will be able to lease out the facility on non-game days.

Here's how the process played out in several Minnesota Patch communities:

  • Woodbury
  • Edina:  and 
  • Golden Valley:
  • Lakeville:
  • Maple Grove: 
  • Stillwater: 
  • Hopkins: 
  • Inver Grove Heights: 
  • Shakopee: 
  • Mendota Heights: ' and '
  • St. Louis Park:
  • Richfield:
  • Oakdale: Oakdale’s Legislators Vote ‘Yes’ on Vikings Stadium
  • Minnetonka:
  • St. Michael:
  • Rosemount:

Now, we want to know what you think about the new Vikings stadium. Take our poll, and be sure to leave a comment below.

Jim May 14, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Expect in about 30 years there WILL BE demands by all professional sports franchises in the Twin Cities for new stadiums. You see it has NOTHING to do with functionality, it's all about appearance and ammenities, like rest rooms, luxury seating, view of Minneapolis from the stadium, etc etc. The Metrodome is 100% functional with a brand new roof. The Metrodome would last a long time as it is. A stadium much like the Metrodome was renovated in Canada for a fraction of the price of a completely new stadium. There is one thing certian, once a new Vikings stadium is complete there WILL BE a Superbowl held in the new stadium AND the Vikings WILL become a winning football team just like the Twins have become a winning baseball team.
Jim Edward May 15, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I remember a few years back listening to another owner of the Vikings complaining about the Metro Dome. He also wanted a new stadium because there isn't enough room in the present one for more luxury suites. It's all about the Big Bucks! Give me a million bucks and I'll come up with a plan to put in more suites and put a retractable roof on the dome. Nothing connected to this fiasco has anything to do with "Functionality". When it is finished, for half the cost, I'll give the taxpayers back the change from the million.
Mike Carlier May 15, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Vikings are already great. Can you remember the last time they lost a playoff game? Me neither;)
Brad Kadue July 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM
From a financial standpoint, it's a bad investment...particurlary for the city of Minneapolis who is on the hook for billions of dollars in operating costs over the next 20 years. But then again, it's no worse than the Guthrie from that perspective...though a bit large in scale.
christine March 25, 2013 at 03:49 PM
No. Bad timing. Also a lot of people cannot afford to go to a Vike's game. 5 years from now they will be whining about something else and they will want another new Stadium.

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