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."
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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."

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