Dayton can sign the approved plan after it cleared final approval in the Minnesota state Senate by a 36-30 vote on Thursday, setting wheels in motion to soon begin construction on a $975 million stadium that owner Zygi Wilf believes will put the team in play for the largest of sporting events, including the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four.
The Vikings agreed to pay 49 percent of construction costs, a total of $477 million, or $50 million more than the owners agreed to in the initial proposal. The vote spares the Vikings another season of stadium strife with the 30-year-old Metrodome losing its final tenant.
It also saves young fans from experiencing the anguish their elders did when the North Stars and Lakers left the Twin Cities.
The public cost is set at $348 million and any construction overrun can be assigned to the builder, the bill says. The city of Minneapolis must pay $150 million.