I bet the MPLS city council approves it without putting it up for a referendum. Their job is to do what is in the best interest of the city and it is BY FAR AND AWAY is in the best interest of the city to approve the Vikes stadium. They scuttle this and MPLS won't get another shot at it.
If I understand correctly, the stadium would begin construction a block away from the Metrodome, 2.5 years into the process, the Dome wood come down and the Vikings would play at TCF Bank stadium for half a season.
So essentially, even if it starts immediately, the earliest it would be completed is 2015.
"I rooted for the Russians in 1980 because they were the better team." - Twolvesguy
I don't think the city council will stand in the way - its more than 50% privately funded with no new city taxes. Where are they going to get such a good deal? Its either that or the Vikes leave Minneapolis one way or the other because next year they'll either get people in the state legislature to allow them to go go Arden Hills or they'll just leave the state.
You'd have to be a moron to turn down a billion dollar development project that doesn't cost the city a single penny in new money.