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Vikings say Stadium Bill is the 'Right Thing'
Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 9:23am
ST. PAUL - A reworked Minnesota Vikings stadium bill
that passed the state House early Thursday has the team paying $477
million, significantly more than the owners previously said they
Though the package was tougher, it was clearly the team's only
chance to replace the Metrodome, a 30-year-old facility the Vikings
say has outlived its usefulness.
Vikings vice president Lester Bagley says the team's billionaire
owners, New Jersey developers Zygi and Mark Wilf, decided to lock
in the deal rather than hold out for better terms, knowing the
Legislature had only two days left to act. Bagley says it's "heavy
lifting,'' but the right thing to do for Minnesota.
Only a Senate vote stands between the franchise and the $975
million stadium the Vikings would move into ahead of the 2016