MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed on Tuesday a lawsuit contending the funding for the new Vikings stadium was unconstitutional.
The lawsuit threatened to hold up construction and delay the planned 2016 opening.
"We were so hopeful the courts would deal with this expeditiously and they did," said Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. "And they would be definitive in their result and they were."
Kelm-Helgen told reporters she was confident everything is now back on track.
"Currently there is no litigation pending on the stadium and that is a very good thing," she said.
Former Minneapolis mayoral candidate Doug Mann filed the lawsuit.
Mann also had a similar lawsuit pending in the appellate court against the city of Minneapolis. That court threw out that lawsuit Tuesday, as well.
"I'm not surprised," said Mann.
Mann told KARE 11 the courts made their "political stance loud and clear" and said he did not know if he would pursue any other legal action. But he maintained his position the stadium funding wasn't legally vetted.
"It's unfortunate that there wasn't anybody in the political establishment or the legal establishment who really checked that out," he said.
So what's next in this seemingly never ending saga?
Kelm-Helgen believed the sports facilities authority would be able to cobble enough money together to meet some of the state's most immediate payments and delay other payments until the bond sale happens, which she believes will be soon.
"We are confident that we'll be able to move forward very quickly," she said of the bond sale. "As far as I know we're talking days."
Governor Mark Dayton released a statement Tuesday praising the court ruling.
"Although I felt it had no merit, I was extremely concerned that this lawsuit would delay the financing of the stadium, and the progress of the $400 million development adjacent to it," said Dayton
Minnesota Vikings spokesperson Lester Bagley told KARE 11 the team is excited to move forward.
"This was the last remaining hurdle that we see in front of us. We are pleased with the Supreme Court's and Court of Appeals' action," said Bagley.