Mpls. city council committee OKs Vikings plan 25 May 12

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council has given preliminary approval to a plan to build a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.

A council committee voted 7-6 for the plan on Thursday. The city would redirect a hospitality tax to pay its $150 million share of construction costs, and the new stadium would go where the Metrodome sits.

Thursday’s vote amounted to a key test because the committee includes all council members. A final vote is planned Friday.

Opponents say using the sales tax money is a bad deal for city residents. But Mayor R.T. Rybak lined up a majority on the council by arguing that the Vikings were a key asset and the stadium would bring construction jobs.