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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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