Metrodome May Not Be Ready In Time For Preseason Football
Most teams around the National Football League wonder what the offseason will bring. With the 2011 season currently on hold, as team owners and the NFLPA work on a new collective bargaining agreement, the possibility of a non-football filled summer is slowly becoming a reality. The Minnesota Vikings, however, have an additional worry about next year’s season — having a functional stadium.
Local NBC-affiliate KARE-11 News in Minneapolis reported on Thursday “that replacing the snow-damaged roof of the Metrodome would likely take five to six months.” Depending on when work begins to repair the teflon roof, the Vikings could find themselves homeless when the preseason is scheduled to begin in August.
The timetable for fixing the Metrodome could be a moot point if the owners and player’s association do not hammer out an agreement this summer, but if the two sides are able to find common ground, the Vikings could once again find themselves playing at nearby TCF Stadium on the University of Minnesota’s campus.
Regardless of the current state of the Dome or CBA negotiations, the Vikings would like to strike a long-term deal with Minnesotans on a new stadium. With the team’s current Metrodome lease set to expire at the end of next season, the Vikings are focused on getting a new stadium deal worked out this year. And it appears they have the backing of the Minnesota state legislature. The new head the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, Ted Mondale, sounded optimistic that a new stadium would be worked out in the near future.
“This is the year we do it,” said Mondale speaking on the push for a new stadium in Minnesota.
For Vikings coaches, players, and fans, let’s hope he’s right. Otherwise, the Vikings faithful could be in for yet another uncertain and unpredictable season.