Vikings Bill passes 71-60 in House – Final Senate vote today!

Like a child being born in the middle of the night, moments ago the final version of the Vikings stadium bill passed on the House floor and it was referred to the Senate.

After today’s pending Senate vote, no further votes remain! This truly is THE FINAL VOTE!

Before the House vote, the Vikings were in a conference committee that was the final negotiation between the team and the state. Here are the highlights:

  • Vikings are contributing $477 million dollars, over half the cost of the project
  • The Wilfs have exclusivity for five years to bring in an MLS team
  • The Vikings have the option of paying extra for a retractable roof
  • This bill will legalize electronic pull tabs and sports tip board gambling
  • The existing Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission will be eliminated and a new sports authority will be created

 With only one day left in session to legally vote on any bill, we need you to reach out to your Senator right now! Since we are short on time you can contact your Senator using our Legislative contact tool by clicking here. Their phone numbers will be provided after you send the email so please follow up with a call telling them it is NOW OR NEVER!

You can also send a personalized email by locating your Senator by clicking here.

It will also be helpful if you could please email the rest of the Senate members! Remember, these are people who we want to vote yes on the stadium bill. Please be complimentary and polite.

Copy and paste into Hotmail, Outlook and other email editors:

sen.michelle.benson@senate.mn; sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn; sen.david.brown@senate.mn; sen.john.carlson@senate.mn; sen.roger.chamberlain@senate.mn;  sen.gary.dahms@senate.mn; sen.ted.daley@senate.mn; sen.al.dekruif@senate.mn; sen.scott.dibble@senate.mn; sen.michelle.fischbach@senate.mn;  sen.paul.gazelka@senate.mn; sen.chris.gerlach@senate.mn; sen.joe.gimse@senate.mn; sen.dan.hall@senate.mn; sen.john.harrington@senate.mn; sen.jeff.hayden@senate.mn;  sen.linda.higgins@senate.mn; sen.gretchen.hoffman@senate.mn; sen.john.howe@senate.mn; sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn; sen.mike.jungbauer@senate.mn;  sen.amy.koch@senate.mn; sen.lyle.koenen@senate.mn; sen.benjamin.kruse@senate.mn; sen.ron.latz@senate.mn; sen.ted.lillie@senate.mn; sen.warren.limmer@senate.mn;  sen.tony.lourey@senate.mn; sen.doug.magnus@senate.mn; sen.jim.metzen@senate.mn; sen.geoff.michel@senate.mn; sen.jeremy.miller@senate.mn; sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn;  sen.scott.newman@senate.mn; sen.sean.nienow@senate.mn; sen.gen.olson@senate.mn; sen.julianne.ortman@senate.mn; sen.mike.parry@senate.mn; sen.john.pederson@senate.mn;  sen.roger.reinert@senate.mn; sen.claire.robling@senate.mn; sen.julie.rosen@senate.mn; sen.tom.saxhaug@senate.mn; sen.david.senjem@senate.mn; sen.kathy.sheran@senate.mn;  sen.katie.sieben@senate.mn; sen.rod.skoe@senate.mn; sen.dan.sparks@senate.mn; sen.dave.thompson@senate.mn; sen.david.tomassoni@senate.mn; sen.patricia.torres.ray@senate.mn;  sen.ray.vandeveer@senate.mn; sen.chuck.wiger@senate.mn; sen.pam.wolf@senate.mn

Copy and paste into GMAIL

sen.michelle.benson@senate.mn, sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn, sen.david.brown@senate.mn, sen.john.carlson@senate.mn, sen.roger.chamberlain@senate.mn,  sen.gary.dahms@senate.mn, sen.ted.daley@senate.mn, sen.al.dekruif@senate.mn, sen.scott.dibble@senate.mn, sen.michelle.fischbach@senate.mn,  sen.paul.gazelka@senate.mn, sen.chris.gerlach@senate.mn, sen.joe.gimse@senate.mn, sen.dan.hall@senate.mn, sen.john.harrington@senate.mn, sen.jeff.hayden@senate.mn,  sen.linda.higgins@senate.mn, sen.gretchen.hoffman@senate.mn, sen.john.howe@senate.mn, sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn, sen.mike.jungbauer@senate.mn,  sen.amy.koch@senate.mn, sen.lyle.koenen@senate.mn, sen.benjamin.kruse@senate.mn, sen.ron.latz@senate.mn, sen.ted.lillie@senate.mn, sen.warren.limmer@senate.mn,  sen.tony.lourey@senate.mn, sen.doug.magnus@senate.mn, sen.jim.metzen@senate.mn, sen.geoff.michel@senate.mn, sen.jeremy.miller@senate.mn, sen.carla.nelson@senate.mn,  sen.scott.newman@senate.mn, sen.sean.nienow@senate.mn, sen.gen.olson@senate.mn, sen.julianne.ortman@senate.mn, sen.mike.parry@senate.mn, sen.john.pederson@senate.mn,  sen.roger.reinert@senate.mn, sen.claire.robling@senate.mn, sen.julie.rosen@senate.mn, sen.tom.saxhaug@senate.mn, sen.david.senjem@senate.mn, sen.kathy.sheran@senate.mn,  sen.katie.sieben@senate.mn, sen.rod.skoe@senate.mn, sen.dan.sparks@senate.mn, sen.dave.thompson@senate.mn, sen.david.tomassoni@senate.mn, sen.patricia.torres.ray@senate.mn,  sen.ray.vandeveer@senate.mn, sen.chuck.wiger@senate.mn, sen.pam.wolf@senate.mn

Here are some talking points to consider including: 

• The Vikings are a cultural and economic asset that needs to be preserved by building a new stadium

• The Vikings will contribute $477 million dollars towards the project

• This bill contains no general tax funds

• The state portion being funded by electronic pull tabs has been verified and validated by the Department of Revenue, Royal Bank of Canada and Goldman Sachs

IF YOU ONLY SEND ONE EMAIL TO SAVE THE VIKES, TODAY IS THE DAY TO SEND IT!

Your support is critical to keep the Vikings, to keep Minnesota a competitive regional player and to have a state of the art facility we the public can use the other 353 days a year!

Thank you for your final effort of support!

Cory Merrifield
Founder/Fan Advocate
SavetheVikes.org

P.S. Due to the short turnaround, please forward this email to everyone you can immediately!



About the Author

Founder and author of SavetheVikes.org. Born and raised in MN, Cory has been a lifelong Vikings fan. Season ticket holder, stop by and see him in section 218! cory.merrifield@savethevikes.org