Supporters of a new publicly financed stadium for the Minnesota Vikings say they finally have letters of support from seven of the 13-member Minneapolis City Council.
Until now, a majority of the council had not supported the plan to use city money to contribute to building the stadium near the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis.
That lack of support had been one of the roadblocks keeping legislative action from moving forward on a stadium bill.
But at a press conference this morning, Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said they now have majority support.
The current plan would extend the city’s hospitality tax until 2045, use part of the tax proceeds to pay for the stadium and use the rest for economic development. (It wasn’t immediatley clear if that meant that money will go towards renovating Target Center, the home of the Timberwolves.)
With the Legislature poised to end the session by the end of April, or possibly sooner, the Minneapolis action could spur a flurry of action at the Capitol to get the stadium bill on track again, although funding of the state’s portion of the $975 million stadium is still up in the air.