Media Alert: Vikings stadium bill is on the home stretch after a long haul
For fans Vikings stadium dreams are close to reality with just two steps remaining
MINNEAPOLIS (May 10, 2012) – With the wave of his wand, the Fairy Godfather, Governor Mark Dayton, may soon grant the wish of thousands of purple blooded fans, as the Vikings stadium bill heads his way for a signature.
With end of session being tomorrow the Minnesota legislature moved with the speed of Adrian Peterson dashing for the end zone to quickly pass the Vikings stadium bill over the last two weeks.
After ten years of efforts to secure a new stadium, three ownership groups, four coaches and three NFC Championship losses, the Vikings finally struck up a partnership with Minneapolis and the state to build their future home on the Metrodome site.
For the last three years, one fan in particular has been spearheading fans. Cory Merrifield, founder of SavetheVikes.org was exuberant with the final passage in the Senate saying, “Opponents told us that we’ll never get a stadium, the Vikings will never leave. But when push came to shove, the entire state, labor, business and fans, all worked together to keep the Vikings in Minnesota.”
Merrifield also adds, “It takes something special like the Vikings to bring Republicans, Democrats and Minnesota icons like Mark Dayton and Ted Mondale together to accomplish something of this magnitude.” He attributes kudos to, “ Senator Julie Rosen, Representative Morrie Lanning and Mayor Rybak for pulling together a fair and equitable plan to Minnesota, the Vikings and the fans.”
Like many fans, Merrifield says he always, “Wondered what this day would feel like, I imagine this is what it will feel like when our team, the Minnesota Vikings wins the Super Bowl.”
Two formalities remain to pass the Vikings stadium bill: the Governor’s signature, which he has already pledged, and the sign-off by the Minneapolis City Council.
As far as what fans can still do, Merrifield says, “Take nothing for granted. We ask that they make plans to be at Minneapolis City hall, particularly those who fans who live in Minneapolis.”
The Governor’s signing of the bill is TBD, and sources close to Minneapolis say May 25th is the targeted date for the City Council to meet on the stadium proposal.
ABOUT: SavetheVikes.org is a grassroots, nonpartisan group dedicated to securing the Vikings a new home in Minnesota. The group is open to many forms of stadium solutions and financing, and is an advocate for keeping the Vikings a Minnesota team. Founder Cory Merrifield created SavetheVikes.org to be for the fans, by the fans. The group is not owned or operated by any company or political organization.
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