The Minnesota Vikings stadium stuff is expected to come to a resolution at some point Monday during the legislative session, though a specific time has yet to be set. That said, the lawmakers have already begun looking at the bill -- and making changes to it, for better or worse.
An amendment was put through Monday afternoon that will make the team pay over $100 million more for the stadium and, thanks to the friendly folks at the Pioneer Press, the details are included below.
The Vikings stadium bill came up on the House floor and was immediately amended to reduce the state's contribution.
An amendment introduced by Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, passed 97-31. It lowers the state's contribution by $105 million and raises the team's by that amount, and allows the public to share in naming rights revenue, which had been assigned to the team.
Reasoning for the amendment was made by a member of the legislature out of St. Cloud.
King Banaian, R-St. Cloud, who includes stadium construction in his economics courses at St. Cloud State University, spoke in favor of the amendment. He said the team is not putting up enough money toward the project.
Of the team's $427 million contribution, $200 million would come from an NFL loan, only about $50 million of which be the responsibility of the owners, Banaian said.
It's tough to tell what impact this amendment will have on things, but we'll find out soon enough.
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