The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said last week that it expects to break ground on a new $975 million professional football stadium for the Minnesota Vikings in downtown Minneapolis next October.

The authority was established under state legislation to oversee development of the stadium. The legislative package authorizes the issuance of up to $498 million of state appropriation bonds. The state would repay its $348 million share of the costs for the project with new revenue from expanded gambling, including electronic pull-tab gaming and bingo.

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