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Vikings would pay more as final voting for stadium plan is near


ST. PAUL -- The final Minnesota Legislature votes to build a Vikings stadium are coming after a decade of discussions.

Private meetings throughout Wednesday yielded a compromise between plans the House and Senate approved earlier in the week.

The Vikings are to pay $477 million toward construction costs, $50 million more than they wanted. The $975 million Minneapolis stadium, on the site of the Metrodome, would have 65,000 seats, expandable to 72,000.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.