Vikings stadium bill suffers setbacks

May 5, 2010

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ST. PAUL, Minn.—A legislative proposal to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings is on shaky ground.

The team is seeking a $791 million new stadium to get out of the aging Metrodome.

A committee in the Minnesota House voted against the plan and a Senate committee overhauled the bill Wednesday before approving it. The new version would still rely on the team for a third of the cost while raising an unspecified amount by selling permanent seats.

Top lawmakers have said the plan was a long shot to pass this year. It calls for the Vikings, whose lease expires after the 2011 season, to sign a 40-year lease and would require the NFL to host a Super Bowl in the new venue.

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