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Minnesota Finally Hearing Vikings Stadium Bill, But Is There Enough Time?
Published April 11, 2011
FOURTH & LONG? Despite the "shrinking amount of time available" in this legislative session, state Sen. Julie Rosen said that she "didn't think legislative committees would take up the bill in the next few weeks." She acknowledged that the bill "leaves many unanswered questions, chief among them what Twin Cities city or county will partner up to host the stadium and tap local taxpayers for another portion of the cost." Rosen said that the "creation of the Stadium Authority -- which would replace the current Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission -- and the 2012 location deadline will give the Vikings more time to recruit the right local partner" (AP, 4/8). In Boston, Greg Bedard noted the Vikings "finally had their bill to build a new taxpayer-financed stadium submitted in the Minnesota legislature" on the same day the Twins "were hosting their home opener" in the publicly financed Target Field (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/10).