With near unanimity, the Proctor City Council on Monday said yes to the idea of bringing an NFL team to the Twin Ports.
The council supported the idea of bringing a team to the region on a 5-0 vote, said Councilor Travis White, who hatched the idea. They voted 4-1 in favor of an outdoor stadium for pro football, with Mayor David Brenna voting no.
White pictured his resolutions as a means of starting a conversation, he said, with no taxpayer commitment to the idea.
The next step is to set up a committee to explore the concept and start conversations with other area communities, White said.
"We kind of knocked over that first domino," he said of Monday's votes.
He noted that three teams - the Oakland Raiders, the San Diego Chargers and the St. Louis Rams - have expressed an interest in moving to Los Angeles. If the Rams were the odd team out for L.A., they might consider the Northland, White said.
An NFL team would be the first step in a master plan that potentially also would include an NHL franchise and a minor league affiliate for the Minnesota Twins, he said.