The Minnesota Vikings have been lobbying for a new stadium for quite awhile, but things took a potential turn for the worse during a Minneapolis City Council meeting on Thursday. Things aren't completely in shambles, but the group nixed a plan that would have allowed the city's government to override a previous charter.
Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak proposed a plan that would have had the city chipping in $300 million for a new Vikings stadium without any input from the city. A majority of the city council shut down that plan, however, as it would have involved the state overriding a Minneapolis charter requirement that voters have a say when the city spends more than $10 million on a stadium, according to a report in the Star Tribune.
"Looking across the street at Occupy Minnesota and thinking about what's going on in our country right now, some of the discussions that are happening relative to government - can we trust them or not - I cannot countenance going around that referendum," Councilwoman Sandra Colvin Roy said.
Rybak said he doesn't believe the stances the seven council members took against his plan are firm, though, as he expects things to eventually fall in his favor.