Vikings Vice President of Stadium Development Lester Bagley says the team’s lease with the Metrodome legally expires at the end of the season. Ted Mondale, head of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, says that's not the case.
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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.
Bagley: 'More than one community' is interested in moving Vikings
Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs Lester Bagley told ProFootballTalk that "more than one community" has contacted the team about relocation. Bagley didn't say which communities were interested, but he believes they will become public knowledge once the Vikings' lease with the Metrodome expires at the end of the season.
Vikings express urgency with less than 90 days left on Metrodome lease
With the news that a special session to discuss a viable option for a Vikings' stadium isn't happening this year, the Vikings released a statement expressing disappointment. They also say the "urgency to act" is in their hands with less than 90 days left on the Metrodome lease.
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.
Clause in Vikings' lease could mean another year in Metrodome
The Minnesota Vikings have cited an urgent need in their push for a new stadium deal, noting their expiring stadium lease. But language in the lease agreement may legally bind the Vikings to play one more year at the Metrodome.
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.
Gov. Dayton says Metrodome is only suitable site for Vikings stadium
Governor Mark Dayton informed the Minnesota Vikings on Monday that if they want a stadium plan approved this year, it will have to be built on the current Metrodome site. Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf are scheduled to meet with Dayton on Wednesday. Lester Bagley, Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development, says the Wilfs are "extremely frustrated with the situation."
Vikings' Mark Wilf equates new stadium to Super Bowl title
When their new stadium is built, the Vikings say they’ll set aside space for “at least one” Super Bowl trophy. That was one of the headlines today in a team teleconference with season ticketholders. Vice President Lester Bagley also said the team is also trying to figure out how to add a retractable roof.
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