ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Senate passed its version of a 975 million stadium bill for the Minnesota Vikings after an intense day-long debate as part of a decade-long movement to replace the outdated Metrodome.
Following the Senate's decision late Tuesday night, the bill will now head to a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill. The biggest difference between the two bills is an increased contribution above the original agreement of a 427 million coming from the team.
The Senate bill attached an amendment calling for an extra 25 million coming from the Vikings and lowering the state's contribution by the same amount. The House bill, approved late Monday night, added an additional 105 million burden on the team, which Vikings President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley repeatedly called "unworkable."
Senator Julie Rosen, the author of the bill in the Senate, said work in the conference committee...