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02-16-2013 06:03 AM

Vikings to play outdoors
Vikings to play 2 cold seasons in outdoor stadium
By PATRICK CONDON (Associated Press) | The Associated Press 15 hours ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Next season will be the Minnesota Vikings' last in the 31-year-old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, and fans of the purple and gold can look forward to blue lips and red cheeks as they shiver through two seasons of old-school outdoor football.

Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said Friday that the team plans to play at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, while the team's new stadium gets built at the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis.

Team officials and the state authority overseeing construction convened at the dome Friday to finalize the deal for Minneapolis firm Mortenson Construction to earn $12.5 million to build the new stadium. That fee could reach $15 million if the firm meets performance incentives, but could be lowered if the construction lags. Mortenson also built the Minnesota Twins' Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium.

The Vikings had hoped to play only one season at the outdoor stadium, which is about a 10-minute drive from the Metrodome. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority had looked into starting construction while the Metrodome still stood, but authority chair Michelle Kelm-Helgen said that proved too difficult.

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02-16-2013 06:05 AM

This will be fun to watch. Minnesota is the coldest place on Earth in the winter time....brrrrrrrrr...... even colder than Lambeau.

theAPAOps5 02-16-2013 07:26 AM

How will they pump in crowd noise then?

02-16-2013 09:06 AM


Originally Posted by theAPAOps5 (Post 3797923)
How will they pump in crowd noise then?

In Minnesota syllables coming out of your mouth freeze once they hit the air.

McDman 02-16-2013 09:07 AM

The only thing worse if it was in North Dakota.

02-16-2013 09:53 AM

This is what Minnesotans do for fun.

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02-16-2013 03:15 PM

This will be great! I hope the schedulers put as many games as possible at minny in December (November too actually).

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