University of Minnesota willing to house Vikings next season

While the bigger question is where will the Minnesota Vikings play after 2011, the pressing issue right now is where the team will play this coming season.

The Vikings are pushing to get approval from the state government for a new stadium, but they need to find a home for this coming season with no timetable yet for the repair of the badly damaged Metrodome roof.

The University of Minnesota is letting it be known it would be happy to host the Vikings again. They played their final regular-season home game at TCF Bank Stadium, a short distance from the Metorodome, against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 20.

“I'm not the one who would make that decision," the school’s athletic director Jeff Maturi told Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "But I think president (Robert) Bruininks and the Board of Regents has always said that we are willing to be a team player to assist in a manner that's appropriate to assist.

"But I think if indeed they can't play (at the Metrodome) and TCF Bank Stadium would be the only option for them, I'm pretty confident if necessary we could find a way for that to be done temporarily."

One problem is the Metrodome holds 64,000 fans and the college stadium has room for 53,000. The bigger problem for the Vikings will be what to do if they can’t get approval for a new stadium. Then, they’ll be looking at options far away from the land of 10,000 lakes.

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