The Vikings are expected to move into a new downtown stadium to open the 2016 season and the effort to make that happen can begin in earnest after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the $975 million bill approving construction of the facility on Monday.

Dayton, who has long supported the stadium project and said he would do what it took to protect the franchise's future in Minneapolis, helped to lead rallies in and outside of the state legislature all the way through votes in the House and Senate last week.

The Vikings agreed to hike their own private construction cost on Thursday, which helped nudged the bill through a conference committee session.