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The Senate added a new dynamic by adopting user fees on suites, parking and Vikings merchandise. The state would impose a 10 percent fee on suites and parking within a half-mile of the stadium, and a 6.875 percent fee on Vikings clothing, trading cards and other memorabilia.
It’s all meant to soothe concerns of lawmakers about a gambling expansion pegged to retire public debt. The stadium bill contemplates tens of millions of tax dollars from new electronic pull-tab and bingo games in bars and restaurants. The robust estimates have drawn plenty of skepticism.
Another $150 million will come from a redirected sales tax in Minneapolis, where the new stadium would be built.
The current Vikings stadium plan would be the third priciest in football, behind recently built facilities in Dallas and New York. The public contribution by percentage could still shift, but in all likelihood a Minnesota subsidy would cover between 40 and 50 percent of construction.
That would put the Vikings package somewhere in the middle of NFL projects over the past dozen years.
In Cleveland, for instance, the Browns’ $290 million stadium opened in 1999 after three-quarters was financed by taxpayers. The gleaming Giants and Jets $1.6 billion stadium was built entirely with private funds.
The possibility the Vikings could move added an element of pressure to the current deliberations. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has personally lobbied Minnesota leaders to pass a stadium plan, and chatter about efforts in Los Angeles to nab a team is rampant.
AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski and Associated Press writer Martiga Lohn contributed to this report. Krawczynski reported from Minneapolis.
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