Just hours after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with Minnesota politicians Friday in an attempt to revive the Vikings’ pursuit of a new stadium, a state Senate committee narrowly approved a public subsidy that would contribute funds to the construction of a new stadium.
The Senate’s Local Government and Elections Committee passed the bill on an 8-6 vote after a four-hour hearing.
On Monday a companion bill was defeated in a Minnesota House committee, seemingly ending any hope for an agreement during the current legislative session, which is scheduled to wrap up by the end of April. Although the Senate bill faces a tough road, it provided the Vikings with a glimmer of hope.
Goodell and Steelers owner Art Rooney II met early Friday with Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to emphasize the urgency of finding an adequate alternative to the Metrodome. Although Goodell made no threats, he told the Minnesota officials that the team could be sold or moved to Los Angeles if a new stadium wasn't approved.