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Governor Dayton signs the Vikings stadium bill - Photo: Aj Mansour (KFAN)
By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
St. Paul, MN - After the Stadium bill was officially adopted by the House and Senate chambers last week at the Capitol, the Vikings and the State of Minnesota were left with only a few loose ends to tie together and make the Stadium "official". One of those loose ends was tied in the Capitol rotunda Monday afternoon as Governor Mark Dayton autographed the stadium bill signing it into law in the State of Minnesota.
"This is what makes Minnesota special," Governor Dayton said Monday afternoon as he gestured to the crowd. "The Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area is one of only 12 [areas] in the country which has all four major league sports teams."
Recently, at these types of events, Governor Dayton has been seen dawning Percy Harvin jerseys and fist pumping the crowd to generate excitement among the crowd. Today, all the Governor needed was a Sharpie and a smile to energize the fans gathered at today's ceremonies.
But the day was not with out its controversy. Mixed amongst stadium supports & Vikings fans were a handful of protesters still opposed to the bill. "Kids cannot eat footballs" and "Zygi got bailed out, we got sold out" were but a few of the chants that could be heard in the background of today's presentation.
Now that the Governor has signed the bill, the 30-day window has begun for the Minneapolis City Council to vote on whether or not they will be accepting the project and approve Minneapolis' share of the financing that has been laid out for them. Since the City Council vote is considered to be a formality, the team has already shifted their focus onto developing plans and designs for the nearly $1Billion football palace.
"We've been looking forward to this moment," VP of Public affairs Lester Bagley said in an interview with the Star Tribune. "Our owners are developers, and they are excited because to them, this is the fun part. They've got a vision for what they want the facility to look like and they are anxious to dig in."
Last Friday morning, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf even mentioned that the team is interested in executing "retractable features" on the stadium's final design. If all goes to plan, the new stadium is scheduled to open up for the 2016 NFL season.
Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for KFAN.com. Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings' updates and breaking Vikings' news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjMansourKFAN