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Minnesota Gov. Dayton to sign Vikings Stadium bill into law

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It's been a long road, but Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton plans to sign the Vikings Stadium bill into law at a ceremony at noon on Monday.

This artist's rendering provided by the Vikings shows an interior view of the proposed stadium for the team.
This artist's rendering provided by the Vikings shows an interior view of the proposed stadium for the team. (Minnesota Vikings)

Dayton has been one of the biggest cheerleaders for the new $975 million project, which won final legislative approval Thursday after years of failed attempts.

"We're here to stay," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Thursday night at a press conference to celebrate the passage of a stadium bill.

The legislation commits the state to raising $348 million by allowing electronic pull-tabs and bingo in bars and restaurants. There are also backup funding measures, such as a lottery game and luxury-suite taxes.

While the stadium is being built, the Vikings will play their home games at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. The team will pay the university $250,000 for each game.

Owner Mark Wilf says the Vikings are hoping to only play the 2015 season at the collegiate stadium, but "it very well may be two" seasons.

The Vikings hope to open their stadium in 2016 and are mulling a bid to host Super Bowl LI in 2017.

Dayton plans to sign the bill at a noon ceremony at the Capitol. Minnesota Vikings owners, bill authors and leaders from the labor and business community will be on hand.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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