With the Vikings opening a new stadium in 2016 and playing at the University of Minnesota’s home stadium in 2014 and 2015, the decision to host a game in London this coming season may be the first of several games the Vikings play in England.
According to Neil Reynolds of NFLUK.com, Vikings V.P. of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley didn’t rule out the possibility. Bagley, per Reynolds, said that the Vikings want to see how the 2013 game against the Steelers goes at Wembley Stadium.
While some folks in Minnesota could be upset by the loss of three home games in three years, it’s better for the franchise to bite the bullet and sacrifice home games now. Then, once they move into the new stadium, they’ll be less likely to be asked to give up further home games in the name of helping grow the sport internationally.