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Updated: May 25th, 2012 2:44pm
Vikings' stadium formally approved by Minneapolis City Council

Vikings' stadium formally approved by Minneapolis City Council

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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All that's left now is to begin building the Minnesota Vikings new stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

That became official on Friday when the full Minneapolis City Council approved the new stadium by a 7-6 vote. That came a day after the City Council's Committee of the Whole also approved the project by a 7-6 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 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.

A new Stadium Authority now will be created. Once that is done the Vikings will work with the Authority on the design plans for the stadium. An architect also will be hired. This will play out in the next 10 to 12 months, according to the Vikings website. Ground-breaking for the new stadium will take place next spring or summer.

The new stadium will sit near and on the site of the team's current home, the Metrodome. The project is expected to begin with ground breaking and construction on the site of the parking lot right behind the Metrodome.

The expectation is the Vikings will move into their new home in 2016. The team will continue to play in the Metrodome during much of the construction process, but the Vikings have agreed to play one season at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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