One of the biggest questions over the last few days has been how the Minnesota Vikings, particularly the Wilf family, would respond to the public squeezing that the State Legislature has put on them.
The House tried to get an extra $105 million out of them in their version of the stadium bill, while the Senate wanted an extra $25 million.
The Conference Committee met late on Wednesday night and the Vikings have agreed to pay what amounts to a compromise, an increase of $50 million. That bring the Vikings (and NFL’s) contribution to the new stadium up to $477 million.
“The Wilfs have stepped up and made a huge commitment to Minnesota and a huge commitment to the fans,” Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said to the Committee.
At this point, it is kind of hard to argue with him.
Now, it is time to see if the State is willing to show the same level of commitment.
The House and the Senate should have final votes completed by Thursday night at the very latest.