Rep Kriesel announces passage of Vikings stadium bill

Rep. Denny McNamara (57B) and Rep. John Kriesel (57A) participate in the Vikings stadium debate yesterday.

Press release from State Representative John Kriesel:


ST. PAUL – After eight hours of debate that lasted into Monday evening, the House of Representatives voted to pass HF 1485, a bill to build and finance a new Vikings Stadium in Minnesota.

“Now is the time for a new Vikings Stadium,” Rep. John Kriesel (R – Cottage Grove) said, “although this isn’t always a popular vote to take, we have been elected by the people of Minnesota to lead – not to push work that can be done now onto a future legislature.”

The funding breaks down to $443 million in public money and $532 million from the Vikings. The stadium is a good thing for Minnesota and job creation; the project will support thousands of jobs, including 7,500 full and part-time construction jobs. Nearly 4.3 million work hours and $300 million in wages will be needed to build the stadium, and more than 90% of the labor and subcontract value is projected to go directly back to Minnesotans.

“I am very optimistic that Minnesotans will realize that building a new stadium is the right thing to do in order to preserve the future for the Vikings for future generations to enjoy.”

The Senate is expected to take up the stadium issue on Tuesday.

State Representative John Kriesel
451 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


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