With the proposal to build a new Vikings stadium at the site of the Metrodome likely requiring the team to spend three seasons at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota, a site close to the Metrodome is now being considered, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. This approach would allow the Vikings to stay in the Metrodome while the new stadium is built.
But, like every other potential solution to the Vikings’ stadium dilemma, there’s a major problem. An owner of a piece of land that would be covered by the new facility isn’t interested in selling.
Still, look for the parties to attempt to work this out, especially since it will cost the Vikings an estimated $48 million to spend three seasons at the 51,000-seat open-air stadium where the Golden Gophers play college football.
“We’re trying to be smart about making that work, and it’s in everybody’s best interest to limit or eliminate any time spent playing at the university,” Vikings V.P. Lester Bagley told the Star Tribune.
Absent a meaningful solution, the team could still limit or eliminate the time spent playing anywhere in Minnesota.