Vikings stadium faces major obstacle Monday

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The possibility of building a new Vikings stadium has been a hot discussion topic in Minnesota lately, but it has yet to face many threats from the state's Legislature.

That may change Monday when the Vikings' proposal for a publicly funded stadium goes before a third House panel, according to the Star Tribune.

The $975 million proposal will face the The House Government Operations and Elections Committee, whose chair, Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, has said she prefers a voter referendum on the stadium. The referendum would likely doom the stadium, the Star Tribune said.

The proposal will be more likely to get a vote from the entire House if it survives Peppin's committee, House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, has said.

The Vikings have been pushed back several times before, according to the Pioneer Press. But this year may be their best chance yet.

Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president for public affairs and stadium development, said the team's odds of passing a stadium bill are about 50-50.

The Legislature returns to work Monday after a 10-day layoff.

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