The Vikings issued a statement today following the announcement by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission that a decision has been made to replace the roof of the Metrodome. The roof collapsed in December under the weight of a 17-inch snowfall.
The Vikings, of course, continue to pursue a new stadium and are entering the final season of their lease in the Metrodome in 2011.
The goal of the MSFC will be to have the new roof in place by early August. That would mean the Vikings could play their two preseason games in the stadium, assuming a new CBA is in place and there isn't a work stoppage at that point.
Here is the statement from the Vikings:
"The Minnesota Vikings support the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission’s (MSFC) decision to replace the Metrodome’s damaged roof. We appreciate the MSFC’s efforts to ensure a safe environment for all year-round users of the publicly-owned stadium, and we are pleased the Vikings will be able to play in front of our fans at Mall of America Field during the final season of the team’s lease agreement.
"The Vikings also want to be clear that the MSFC’s decision to replace the roof is not a long-term stadium solution and does not change the urgency to build a new multi-purpose stadium for the State and the Vikings. The Metrodome still ranks at the bottom of the NFL in terms of revenue and fan experience. It is our intent to pursue the final passage of legislation during this year’s legislative session to finance and construct a new stadium, and we are encouraged by the progress on that front."
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