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Vikings stadium panel eyes marquee NCAA basketball, football games

The newly-created Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is already looking for other major sporting events to take place other than NFL games at the $975 million future home of the Minnesota Vikings. The panel is exploring if the facility will be suitable for a college football playoff game or a Final Four basketball tourney.
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The newly-created Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority is already looking for other major sporting events to take place other than NFL games at the $975 million future home of the Minnesota Vikings. The panel is exploring if the facility will be suitable for a college football playoff game or a Final Four basketball tourney.

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