Vikings say site next to Metrodome won't work for stadium

Reports that surfaced over the weekend suggested the Vikings were looking at a stadium site southeast of the Metrodome, in hopes they could keep using the Dome during construction of their new home. But a team executive says the location is not viable as a stadium site.
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Reports that surfaced over the weekend suggested the Vikings were looking at a stadium site southeast of the Metrodome, in hopes they could keep using the Dome during construction of their new home. But a team executive says the location is not viable as a stadium site.

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