Downtown East stadium rendering
MINNEAPOLIS - A plan to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings has cleared its final hurdle.
The Minneapolis City Council voted 7-6 on Friday to shift a sales tax to help pay for the stadium.
Minneapolis is putting up $150 million for construction of the nearly $1 billion stadium. The city will also pay $159 million in operating costs later.
The proposed stadium has a $975 million construction price tag and will be built on the east side of downtown Minneapolis, virtually on top of the current Metrodome site.
Gov. Mark Dayton issued the following statement shortly after the city council's vote:
"I want to thank the seven members of the Minneapolis City Council who voted to approve the People's Stadium. Their vote is a testament to Mayor R.T. Rybak and Council President Barb Johnson who have shown the vision and courage to lead Minneapolis in putting together a stadium plan that is best for Minneapolis and Minnesota."
KARE 11's John Croman is at the hearing and will provide updates on KARE 11 Today. More updates to come on kare11.com.
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