Governor Dayton Inks Minnesota Vikings Stadium Bill

May 14, 2012

Governor Mark Dayton has given his seal of approval for Minnesota Vikings to build a new stadium by signing the bill allowing the building to go ahead.

However, allergist the Minneapolis City Council will still need to approve the project.

Both supporters and protesters were at the bill signing event. According to KSTP Reporter Tom Hauser, therapy supporters sang “Skol Vikings,” while protesters yelled “Shame on you Governor Dayton.”

Dayton has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for the new $975 million project, which won final legislative approval Thursday after years of failed attempts.

The legislation commits the state to raising $348 million by allowing electronic pull-tabs and bingo in bars and restaurants. There are also backup funding measures such as a lottery game and luxury suite taxes.

The Minneapolis City Council has 30 days to act on the plan, and their next meeting is scheduled for May 25.