Plans for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium remain up in the air as local lawmakers try to put together a bill that will fund the project before the deal falls apart.
A new report finds that funding the new stadium may not be the sole focus of the bill lawmakers are trying to introduce in the Minnesota State House. Renovating the Target Center in Minneapolis has re-surfaced as an additional need for future funding that some want to tie to the new stadium plan.
How to handle a $135 million Target Center renovation could play a significant role in the stadium debate. Including it in the legislation has been opposed by some lawmakers who don't want to see the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul put at a competitive disadvantage.
But taking the Target Center out of the bill raised concerns that the renovation would have a harder time passing were it voted on separately. And finding a way to include the work is seen as critical to securing Minneapolis City Council votes for the stadium plan.
Lawmakers also mention that they will not introduce a bill by Monday as previously hoped, needing more time to sort through the myriad issues involved.