Senate sets agenda for Vikings stadium hearing
- Blog Post by: Mike Kaszuba
- November 22, 2011 - 4:49 PM
The Minnesota Senate has set the schedule for the first of two hearings on a possible public subsidy package for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
The first hearing, scheduled for Nov. 29, will begin at 9 a.m. in Room 15 of the State Capitol. Overflow rooms with televisions will be available for additional public seating.
Officials said that testimony would be taken from the Vikings and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, the owners of the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, where the team has played for nearly three decades. Testimony will also be taken from Minneapolis officials, who want the Vikings to remain in Minneapolis, and officials from Ramsey County and Arden Hills, where the team wants to build a new stadium.
The hearing will be jointly conducted by the Senate Taxes Committee, chaired by Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, and the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee, chaired by Sen. Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake.
A second hearing is scheduled for Dec. 6, and will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Room 15 at the State Capitol. The hearing will take testimony on possible public funding sources for building the stadium, including Legacy amendment money, Minneapolis convention revenue, charitable gambling electronic pulltabs, racino, a Block E casino in Minneapolis, a sports memorabilia tax, a National Football League income tax surcharge and a ticket surcharge on professional sports.
Officials from the NFL have been invited to testify at the Dec. 6 hearing.
The hearings come after months of renewed stadium drama at the State Capitol – but no consensus at the Legislature whether to help fund a proposed $1.1 billion Vikings stadium. The team, which has pledged to contribute at least $407 million to the project, wants to build the stadium in Ramsey County’s Arden Hills.
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