Vikings fans in the metro react to stadium decisionFargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Vikings fans can rest easy tonight, the team is here to stay. The stadium bill leaped its final hurdle today as it passed the Senate, and Governor Mark Dayton says he'll sign it the second it's on his desk.
Vikings fans can rest easy tonight, the team is here to stay. The stadium bill leaped its final hurdle today as it passed the Senate, and Governor Mark Dayton says he'll sign it the second it's on his desk.
From the lawmakers who drafted this bill, to your average Vikings fanatic, what an up and down spring. Tonight with the worry of losing the football team gone, most people are ecstatic.
"I have no idea. I would have had to become a Lions fan. That sucks."
"I think it's a great deal the state of Minnesota had to step up and keep that team here."
"The only football team around the area we should support them."
This is a look at the final dollar figures. The Vikings are paying $50 million more to cover 49% of the cost. It cuts the state's share to $348 million and Minneapolis will cover the remaining $150 million. It’s a lot of money that has people debating over this decision.
Peggy Larson – Wadena: "We are still paying way too much to keep a pro football team here.
Scott Sandland – Moorhead: "These days you got to kick a little in to get something out of it. It's an investment and I don't know any other investments going on in the state that are going to bring in that much capital right now."
Representative Morrie Lanning first drafted this bill 2 months ago. He says if the Vikings had left the state would lose more than $26 million in tax revenue every year. That comes out to $800 million dollars for the duration of the stadium.
Morrie Lanning – State Representative (R) Moorhead: "It gives me a great sense of pride that we were able to take on a very difficult challenge and get it done, this was probably the biggest challenge in my political career that I’ve ever undertaken."
Lanning said he used the FargoDome as an arguing point; saying when it went up a lot of people opposed it because they thought it was just for football, but now it's used for so much more. Now in Minneapolis, with room for 72,000 people at this stadium, he says the sky is the limit for what it can be used for.