Vikings' stadium clears last hurdle, approved by Minneapolis City CouncilMinnesota Sports
-- The Minneapolis City Council gave the final approval Friday(to the $975-million Vikings stadium plan.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minneapolis City Council gave the final approval Friday(to the $975-million Vikings stadium plan.
The council voted to allow the city to redirect sales and hospitality taxes to pay its $150-million share of the project.
Mayor R.T. Rybak was able to get majority support for the plan in late March. The legislation also allows Minneapolis to use $60-to-70-million dollars to renovate Target Center. Opponents complain that the public should have been able to vote on the stadium proposal.
The vote gives to go ahead for the new Vikings stadium to be built on the site of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The team will play for a season at the University of Minnesota's TCF Stadium while construction is taking place. The stadium is scheduled to be open in 2016.