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VIKINGS STADIUM: Lawmakers look at funding, design options

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Minnesota lawmakers are looking into how the $975 million facility that will become the new home of the Minnesota Vikings will be funded, and they're also getting a glimpse at what it will look like.

Although the final pictures won't be available until about three weeks from now, both conceptual drawings from the architectural firm that won the bid to design the stadium show very futuristic design ideas.

One of the options channels a modern conception of Disney World's Space Mountain while the other resembles the Olympic stadium in Beijing, which is often referred to as "the bird's nest." Even so, the final drawings may be entirely different.

"We're very committed to making sure we have more light and windows," said Michele Kelm-Helgren, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority.

Kelm-Helgren also says there will be no "back door," meaning that the stadium will have multiple access points and pathways to surrounding neighborhoods and the light rail.

The MSFA will meet with the NCAA next week to discuss possibly hosting a Final Four basketball championship as well, and she said the group has already met with the NFL about hosting a Super Bowl as soon as 2017.

Yet, lawmakers are still very concerned about the revenues from electronic pull tabs. So far, they are short by millions and the co-chair of the new Legislative Oversight Committee, Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, is vowing to make that issue one of their next priorities.

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