Vikings have nearly paid off university for using stadium

The University of Minnesota has cut the Vikings a break.

The Vikings have nearly completed paying off what they owe the school for moving their home game against the Chicago Bears to TCF Bank Stadium after a snow and ice storm caved in the roof of the Metrodome.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings have paid most of the $1.8 million bill they got for the Dec. 20 game to be played on the school’s campus when another major snowstorm complicated matters and forced a serious snow removal project.

But per the report, the school was “flexible” with the Vikings, reducing the original bill by a little more than $85,000 and recently “making a further reduction.” The Vikings now owe the school less than $50,0000.

The school has allowed the team to wait to pay some parts of the bill as the Vikings wait for money from their insurance company. A team spokesman said the Vikings have sent the final bill and an unpaid balance is because accounting hasn’t been completed.

The Vikings say that because they had two games moved from the Metrodome – one was played in Detroit – the team lost “tens of millions of dollars.”

The club, of course, is still seeking a new home as its lease at the Metrodome expires after this season.

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