Report: Negotiators accelerate plans for new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis

Ted Mondale told the Star Tribune the latest fast-moving proposal would keep the Vikings at the Metrodome through 2015. Once a new stadium next-door is 75 percent complete, the Vikings would only have to play a few games at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank stadium. Mondale told the newspaper, "I would think 2016 would be the 'go live' year."
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Ted Mondale told the Star Tribune the latest fast-moving proposal would keep the Vikings at the Metrodome through 2015. Once a new stadium next-door is 75 percent complete, the Vikings would only have to play a few games at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank stadium. Mondale told the newspaper, "I would think 2016 would be the 'go live' year."

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