Governor Dayton signs $975M Vikings stadium bill

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May 15, 2012 at 6:24 am

ST. PAUL, MN (KNSI) - Monday marked the day Gov. Dayton had been crusading for, a final signature in the Capitol rotunda, the only thing needed to make a Vikings stadium bill law.

Dayton signed the bill to cheers Monday during a ceremony attended by Vikings brass and several key legislators, making the $975 million project was a done deal. 

Amidst a sea of purple-clad Vikings fans, a handful of stadium protesters tried to disrupt the ceremony.  State Sen. and bill sponsor Julie Rosen took on those protesters directly, outlining again her stadium rationale.

"It provides hope, hope to this entire state, not only about jobs, and that's very important to get people back to work," Rosen said.

Despite the protests the day remained a celebration for the Vikings and their fans. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf couldn't stop smiling.

"To build this stadium will take everyone's efforts. It will be a team effort as it was to get it approved. I look forward to every one of you to make this a truly great stadium for all the fans and everyone in Minnesota."

Finally Monday the Governor closed the proceedings with simple marching orders.

"Now we have one last thing to do, lets build it, " Dayton said.


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