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Despite Dayton’s efforts, the legislation appeared stalled until NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell visited the Capitol in late April to urge lawmakers to act. After his visit, the stadium plan revived and limped through committees, with Vikings fans in jerseys, face paint and purple spandex looking on at every turn.

The legislation finally reached floor votes this week. In both the House and Senate, lawmakers sought to reduce the state’s share of the project _ by $105 million in the House, and by $25 million in the Senate.

After the House first moved to rework the bill, Bagley warned that legislators were risking loss of the team’s support for the deal and said the team wasn’t ready to commit to more money.

Under the original plan negotiated last winter by the governor, key lawmakers, the Minneapolis mayor and the team, the Vikings would pay $427 million and the state would pay $398 million, with the money coming from an expansion of gambling. The city of Minneapolis would kick in $150 million by redirecting an existing hospitality tax.