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Metrodome Collapse May Bring New Life To Gambling Expansion Plan

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For the past several years, the Minnesota Vikings have been asking the state to come up with a way to get the team a new stadium. There even have been rumors that the Vikings ownership would move the team in the coming years if a stadium deal was not complete.

One way that lawmakers have lobbied to get a stadium built was to expand gambling. The revenue generated from expanded gambling taxes would go towards building a new stadium that would keep the Vikings in Minnesota for a long time to come. On Sunday, that gambling plan may have received a boost from Mother Nature.

The roof collapse at the Metrodome thanks to a wicked snowstorm that had tons of snow fall on the stadium. The Vikings and Giants game had already been moved to Monday night, so nobody was hurt when the roof collapsed. If New York had been able to get into Minnesota Saturday evening, the game may have gone on as planned.

Instead, the Giants were diverted to Kansas City, where they spent the night. Now, the football game has been moved to Detroit after the roof caving, but the issue of getting a new stadium built still exists, and lawmakers in favor of expanded gambling have received added ammunition in their battle.

The new legislature in Minneapolis is likely to be more open to the gambling expansion plan for racetracks than the previous administration. With the Vikings only having one year left on their lease at the Metrodome, it is likely the gambling issue will be one of the key discussions that takes place when the new year begins.

A recent poll suggests that residents of Minnesota would be in favor of gambling expansion if it meant getting a stadium built and keeping the Vikings from moving out West. Those same respondents overwhelmingly were against having their taxes raised to pay for a new football facility.

The Vikings are scheduled to play their last home game of the year next Monday night, but it is unclear whether the stadium's roof will be repaired by then. If the roof will not be done, the NFL could reschedule the game, but likely will move it like they did this week with the Giants and Vikings.

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