ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker has introduced a bill to build a new Vikings stadium in Ramsey County and pay for it with tax money raised by authorizing electronic bingo games and pull-tabs in bars and restaurants.

Rep. Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake filed his bill Wednesday. He has not previously been involved in stadium negotiations at the Capitol, though his bill is similar to the Arden Hills proposal the Vikings and Ramsey County had been pushing for most of the last year.

That proposal has recently been abandoned as stadium negotiations re-focused on rebuilding at or near the current Metrodome site.

Hamilton’s bill would have the stadium built on the same Arden Hills land as previously proposed. The stadium would have a roof, 65,000 seats and would open by 2016.

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Comments (9)
  1. Jason says:

    Im sure his constituents will reward him with losing the next election.

  2. Ray Skelton says:

    I have a good question…… why do they whoever they are, put man holes covers in the middle street ?

  3. scott says:

    Ramsey County good. Now try the casino. Best for all.

  4. snafu says:

    This guy’s a REPUBLICAN? What happened to “no new taxes?”

    May he be voted out at the next election. He’s not listening to his constituents.

  5. Jimmy says:

    I’m never giving another penny to the RINO party.

  6. Mike says:

    Doesn’t the Dome have a roof (new roof) and doesn’t it seat 65000?
    And it’s open now.

    1. Nate says:

      I take it you’ve never actually been in that toilet bowl.

      1. Jimmy says:

        You want another stadium? Write Zygi a check.

  7. Legislature says:

    Hello indians – Contact Vikings and strike a deal to build a stadium. Let us know what you have come up with by middle of next week when we start holding hearing for a law to open gambling state wide. . . . Have a good day.

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