The ever-changing Vikings stadium discussion has taken yet another new turn. (Which is really a recycled old turn.)
Governor Mark Dayton’s liaison for stadium negotiations, Ted Mondale, confirmed that purchasing downtown land from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is back in play.
“One of the ideas is to buy the Star-Tribune land and put up a stadium there while the Vikings play in the Metrodome,” Mondale told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The recent proposals for a Vikings stadium included demolishing the Metrodome and building a new stadium on the same land. In that scenario, the Vikings would likely have to play University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium for at least a few seasons. (The Vikings nearly bought the land in 2007, but it felt through.)
Mondale says purchasing the Star-Tribune land would make a “seamless” transition.
It’s worth noting that there are no fewer than five possibilities for what the Vikings will do in pursuit of a new stadium. With the Metrodome’s lease expiring after next season, they need to settle on one quickly.