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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – For more than a decade the Minnesota Vikings have been pushing to break out of the Metrodome and into a shiny new home.  Finally on the brink of getting a new $975 million stadium, the team faces a harsh reality. They’ll need to ante up more or walk away empty-handed.  Team executives insist that the private contribution be capped at $427 million. But Minnesota lawmakers are now on record demanding that the Vikings and private partners foot a bigger share of construction costs. The extra request ranges from $25 million to $105 million in differing House and Senate versions. Negotiators will likely wind up somewhere in between. Then it’s up to the Vikings to decide if they’re willing to pay more.

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Meanwhile, Minnesota lawmakers are denying owners of football’s Vikings exclusive rights to recruit a professional soccer club as part of a stadium deal.  The state Senate voted 47-20 on Tuesday to strip out a clause giving the Vikings five years to establish a major league soccer franchise before anyone else can. The provision would have let the soccer team play at a new stadium with no additional rent. Republican lawmakers complained it would give a corporation a publicly endorsed monopoly. Many Democrats sided with them. The Vikings ownership has floated the idea of bringing a soccer expansion franchise to play in a new stadium during non-football months. The amendment came about seven hours into Senate debate on the Vikings $975 million stadium package.


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