Vikings stadium language in hands of lawmakers

Sponsors of the bill outlining terms of a stadium deal say they’ve got draft language changing the proposal to a site-specific deal in Arden Hills.

Sen Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, said she got the terms late Thursday night. She said it will take some time to process the material, and couldn’t say if it will be ready before the legislative session ends Monday.

Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, said he hasn’t decided yet whether to add language for the proposed Arden Hills site to his bill.

“I’ve just recently within the last few hours received some draft language that they’ve suggested for moving forward the Ramsey County site,” Lanning said. “I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet. So the next step will be to study that language and see if there are some issues that we have some conversations with them about.”

Ramsey County and the Vikings have agreed on a deal to build a billion dollar stadium on a former Army ammunition site along Interstate 35W. The team rejected a Minneapolis bid.

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