Plan for pro football's Minnesota Viking's new stadium still alive

Apr 9, 2012 7:23 PM

A plan to build a stadium for the Minnesota Vikings football team is still alive, although the original measure failed to meet the required deadline.

The House Rules Committee has granted the bill special clearance to keep moving through the committee process, a necessary step because the financing proposal failed to pass during the designated timeframe.

The bill, which authorizes construction of a $975 million stadium in Minneapolis, has become a top priority in the current legislative session for Gov. Mark Dayton. It calls for an expansion of low-stakes gambling in bars and restaurants, and adds taxes on games run by charities.

The state’s contribution will be $400 million with private sources providing the remainder.

The bill faces a tough road since it is strongly opposed by the Republican-controlled legislature.