Vikings stadium may have to pass as combination of two proposals

Greta Kaul

 

A Vikings stadium bill slated for Monday is delayed, partly in an effort to reconcile skeptical lawmakers with City Council members, the Star Tribune reports.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said he couldn’t get enough support for the stadium from the City Council without also helping to renovate the 22-year-old Target Center. But some legislators say they won’t vote for Vikings legislation that involves the Target Center.

Negotiators are trying to package two deals: one allows Minneapolis to use existing taxes to overhaul the Target Center. Another allows the city to spend $135 to renovate the Target Center by exemption from a charter provision capping sports facilities spending at $10 million.

Betsy Hodges of the Minneapolis City Council questioned the transparency of passing two bills in order to make separate parties happy.