Replacing the Metrodome with a new Vikings stadium would require the team to spend three seasons playing at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.
The latest proposal to build the venue adjacent to the Metrodome would shrink that number to one season, according to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Hartman writes that the new stadium would be “modeled after” Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, a domed facility which has a retractable roof. Before it can be built, however, Hartman says that the Minneapolis City Council will have to cooperate.
With no other viable proposals currently on the table, lack of cooperation from the City Council could be the catalyst for relocation.
Governor Mark Dayton puts the chances of the project at 50-50, largely due to the fact that it’s an election year. He’s hopeful that, if it doesn’t happen in 2012, it’ll happen in 2013.
Hopefully, the Vikings will still be around by then.