Vikings could consider land near Metrodome

The Minnesota Vikings and local and state authorities continue to consider various stadium options as the club seeks a new home.

The latest possibility, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is a parcel of land adjacent to the Metrodome. Building there could allow the Vikings to play for the next few seasons in the Metrodome instead of migrating to the University of Minnesota for up to three seasons, a choice that could prove to be costly.

But as has been the case all along for owner Zygi Wilf, there is no easy solution. Per the report, the owner of the land near the Metrodome has no interest in selling. That would be a major stumbling block.

"We're trying to be smart about making that work, and it's in everybody's best interest to limit or eliminate any time spent playing at the university," Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said.

The proposed stadium that was to be built in suburban Arden Hills appears unlikely to happen now. Gov. Mark Dayton is telling the Wilfs their best chance to get a stadium done this year is at the site of the Metrodome.

And, meanwhile, the Vikings don’t have a lease to play anywhere in 2012 at this point.

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