The Vikings believe their lease on the Metrodome expires at the end of the season. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission says last December's roof collapse that caused the Vikings to play a home game in Detroit, legally extends the lease through 2012.
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Threats involving 2 students at West St. Paul middle school
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Appeal to find man, 30, missing near Mille Lacs Lake since early April
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Vikings lose final game of current Metrodome lease
The Minnesota Vikings say they have played their last game in the Metrodome under the current 30-year-old lease. It officially expires February 1. The team now considers itself homeless without legislation to help fund a new stadium. Lawmakers begin the 2012 legislative session on January 24. The Vikings (3-13) lost the season finale to the Bears, 17-13, matching the worst record in franchise history first set in 1984.
Vikings to meet with Minneapolis officials regarding stadium
With the Metrodome lease expiring at the end of the season, the Vikings have agreed to meet with Minneapolis officials to discuss building a stadium in the city. The Vikings, although willing to talk, remain dedicated to building in Ramsey County.
Report: Vikings close to a new stadium deal in Minnesota
On NBC's Football Night in America, sports writer Peter King reported the Vikings and Minnesota officials are close to a new stadium deal. According to NBC Sports, it's not a matter of "if," but "when." The Vikings have called Minnesota home since their NFL debut in 1961, but the Metrodome lease expires after the 2011 season. The report did not state whether the new stadium would be in Arden Hills or Minneapolis.
Dome a money-loser? Not so much, says sports commission
Disregard rumors the Metrodome is just a big money pit, says the head of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission. Ted Mondale says the Vikings are about "break-even."
Political pressure to find Vikings stadium solution in 2012
Rep. Morrie Lanning of Moorhead knows finding a deal and keeping the Vikings franchise in Minnesota will be challenging in 2012. The Vikings' Metrodome lease officially ends in February. The team could leave Minnesota if a deal is not reached. The Bemidji Pioneer reports Gov. Mark Dayton fears Republican legislative leaders want to avoid the issue until 2013.
Vikings eyeing another stadium site
The Star Tribune reports Vikings vice president Lester Bagley and Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission chairman Ted Mondale are looking at a site southeast of the Metrodome. Bagley told the newspaper "it would be ideal to build a stadium next door and play in the Dome." If the team plays at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank stadium, it could cost an estimated $48 million for up to three seasons.
Vikings stadium could include partially retractable roof
Vikings vice president Lester Bagley tells the Pioneer Press the new stadium will be a fixed-roof facility, but if they can manage costs effectively they'll try to incorporate some sort of retractable feature. Meaning the stadium's roof would be partially retractable.
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