St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - The new stadium plan for the Minnesota Vikings progressed further early Thursday morning and only a vote from the state Senate is needed to put it into action.
After the state's House of Representatives approved a version of the proposal earlier this week, an amended plan passed the House on Thursday morning by a vote of 71-60.
The revamped proposal will add $50 million to the team's cost, but the club's ownership of Zygi and Mark Wilf gave an affirmative nod to the increase.
"A huge day for the state, the fans and the Vikings' organization," said team vice president Lester Bagley. "It was a long day of negotiations with state leaders, back and forth to put a package together that solved the problem. The Wilfs stepped up, the Viking organization stepped up to close this deal out, which is what it took. We're just happy we're one step away."
The Senate is expected to vote on the plan later Thursday. If approved, the bill will move to Governor Mark Dayton, who is expected to sign it into legislation.
At a projected cost of $975 million, the new fixed-roof stadium would sit on the current site of the Metrodome, where the Vikings have played since 1982.
According to the original plan unveiled in March, the Vikings were set to contribute $427 million toward the up-front costs, but the increase will make that $477 million.
The city of Minneapolis will still commit $150 million and the state of Minnesota will now fund $348 million, instead of the original $398 million. The city's part would come from redirecting a portion of existing convention center taxes, while the state would expand charitable gaming to pay its portion.
Despite the lack of a lease, the Vikings are set to play in the Metrodome next year, even if construction on a new building starts, and would likely play just one season in TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
05/10 08:42:35 ET