Housley named to Vikings stadium construction oversight commission


ST. PAUL – Sen. Karin Housley, R-St. Mary’s Point, will serve on the legislative commission overseeing the construction of the new Vikings stadium, it was announced Monday.

Housley, in her first term in the state Senate, was appointed to the newly-created Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities. The commission was established as a part of the legislative stadium agreement reached at the State Capitol last year. According to Minnesota law, the commission reviews “the overall work and role” of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which manages the state’s stadium operations, and provides “financial oversight of the authority.”

“The Legislative Commission on Minnesota Sports Facilities provides additional oversight throughout the stadium-building process,” Housley said. “It’s important that taxpayers are protected from cost overruns and other unforeseen building expenses. The commission will help assure Minnesotans that the stadium is well-built without wasteful or unnecessary spending.”

Housley is one of 12 legislators from around the state appointed to the commission.

Housley was elected in November to the newly reconfigured Senate District 39, which includes parts of Washington and Chisago counties.