Viking stadium plan still alive

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The possibility of a new Vikings stadium in Minnesota has been brought back to life after a 8-6 vote in the Senate on Friday, the Pioneer Press reports.

The vote came just hours after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Gov. Mark Dayton and other legislative leaders, according to the Pioneer Press.

"We're very pleased with the progress," said Vikings vice president Lester Bagley. "It's been an up-and-down week."

The stadium bill proposal was shot down in the House in a 9-6 vote last week, the Star Tribune reports.

According to the Star Tribune, a NFL executive said last week that the lack of progress on a stadium was creating "ripe'' conditions for the Vikings to be sold and moved.

Under the plan approved Friday, the Vikings would pay $427 million while the state would add $398 million, the Star Tribune reports. Minneapolis would contribute $150 million to construction costs. The team would also contribute $327 million to the stadium's operation, and the city would add another $189 million.

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