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Vikings rule out moving from Minneapolis in 2012

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON
  • Star Tribune
  • February 15, 2012 - 8:14 AM

The Minnesota Vikings are staying put in Minneapolis for at least another year.

If the team wanted to move to another city, it would have to provide the National Football League with written notice by Wednesday, but Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said Tuesday that won't happen.

The Vikings want a new stadium as soon as possible and had noted the possibility of moving in urging the Legislature to act during the 2012 session. But even if the team provided notification, the moving trucks would take a while to get here. The move would be subject to league approval, selection of a new city and a franchise relocation fee.

The decision against notifying the league removes some urgency for a stadium deal, but Bagley remained optimistic. "We're making progress toward solving it this session," he said.

State stadium czar Ted Mondale has been working feverishly to draft a deal among the team, Minneapolis, the state and the league for a new facility on the site of the Metrodome, which turns 30 in April.

Bagley said "hopefully" there will be a deal that's "financially and politically achievable." He noted the deal will be subject to approval by the Legislature and the Minneapolis City Council -- neither of which is assured.

Bagley declined to put a drop-dead timeframe on the development of a term sheet and a bill, but there's a growing sense from supporters that the clock is ticking loudly.

"We're in week four of a 10-week session so we need to bring something forward," Bagley said.

Mondale spoke privately with Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday afternoon but said no deal has been reached for a new stadium for the Vikings. He declined to speculate on a timetable for a deal.

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