The much-maligned Metrodome will be the Vikings’ home for another couple of years. But then the team will use the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium as an interim home while the People’s Stadium is under construction. The U of M announced a preliminary agreement with the Vikes on the use of the stadium.
Groundbreaking for the new stadium is expected in about a year. But a Minneapolis city official tells Finance & Commerce site preparation may begin later this year.
Of course, the Vikings have not yet crossed the finished line on the journey to their new home. Governor Dayton’s signature on the bill lawmakers passed is a certainty. The Minneapolis City Council must also sign off on the plan, though. While the council is divided, it looks like stadium supporters still outnumber detractors.
For some grizzled veterans of gridiron journalism, the end of the Vikings’ decade-plus stadium campaign is a time for a wistful look back at the odyssey. And a chance to proclaim Zygi Wilf the hero of the story.
Then again, there are other sportswriters happy to remind us that this franchise-saving, happy-as-a-clam real estate magnate is the proud owner of a team that won all of three games last year. And that team – like its new home – needs some work.