NFL commissioner, Minn. governor talk stadium urgency

A Minnesota state Senate committee narrowly approved a new funding plan to help build a new stadium for the Vikings on Friday, which they hope will eventually keep the NFL in the Twin Cities.

The vote came just hours after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney went to St. Paul to meet with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.

“Obviously, I think our presence here is a signal of how important it is in our National Football League that the Minnesota Vikings continue to be here in this community and continue to be successful. We believe after many, many years, the time has come to pass the legislation and move forward,” Goodell said.

Dayton said the urgency of the situation was underscored by the fact that the two men took time out just a week before the NFL draft.

The Vikings will play at the Metrodome next season, even though the team’s lease has expired.