The event signifies the start of construction on the 65,000-seat, 1.7 million-square-foot facility, scheduled for completion in July 2016.
by Howard Lestrud ECM Political Editor Former Minnesota Vikings football coach and Hall of Famer Bud Grant said he has always been an advocate of outdoor football but “not any more,” he said after he witnessed the unveiling Monday night (May 13) of the multi-purpose Minnesota Vikings stadium design featuring a new glass look and [...]
From the standpoint of suburban and outstate communities, the 2012 legislative session on major issues was disappointing. Even the Vikings stadium plan approval, the centerpiece of the session, ignored a good suburban location in Arden Hills and an opportunity for major economic development in the northern region. Little was done to provide tax relief for [...]
Passing the Vikings stadium bill was a big victory for Minnesotans who have been pushing for this legislation for years. Another measure, one that received significantly less publicity, was a victory for thousands of other Minnesotans — a bill that restored some cuts made last year to services that support people with disabilities and their [...]
by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Sen. Julie Rosen summed up the most critical element of stadium legislation in four words. “We got it done,” she said. The Senate today (Thursday, May 10) passed the Vikings stadium conference committee report on a bipartisan 36 to 30 vote. Indeed, Democrats put up the majority of the [...]
by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Now it rests with the Senate. The Republican House today (Thursday, May 10) passed the Vikings stadium conference committee report after debating the legislation for the last time. The report passed the House on a 71 to 60 vote and now faces its last legislative challenge in the Senate later [...]
by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter The voice of Minnesota was heard tonight, said Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. The Republican House on Monday (May 7) passed a Vikings stadium bill on a bipartisan 73 to 58 vote — it was a stronger vote than anyone anticipated, said Dayton, speaking shortly after conclusion of the eight-hour House [...]
by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter That the most ballyhooed vote of the legislative session could be only three days away has not escaped attention at the State Capitol. Vikings stadium advocates lined a committee room table at a media availability this afternoon (Friday, May 4), restating their cases for supporting the legislation that looks [...]