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Updated: May 24th, 2012 1:44pm
Minneapolis City Council approves building of Vikings stadium

Minneapolis City Council approves building of Vikings stadium

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Vikings stadium took another step toward becoming a reality Thursday as the Minneapolis City Council's Committee of the Whole approved the building of the stadium by a 7-6 margin.

The 7-6 vote now must be ratified on Friday morning but that is viewed as being a formality after Thursday's vote. The city is going to pay about $150 million of the total cost of the $975 million stadium.

The House and Senate approved the stadium in their session this spring and Gov. Mark Dayton then signed the bill into law. Approval from the Minneapolis City Council was considered the final hurdle, although Mayor R.T. Rybak already had made sure he had the necessary votes to get the stadium approved. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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