Vikings official pleased as Metrodome repairs nearly done

With the new roof of the Metrodome scheduled to be inflated this morning, officials from the Minnesota Vikings toured the stadium on Tuesday.

The Vikings are at a bit of a standstill when it comes toward the proposed project to build a new stadium in Arden Hills because of the state shutdown, but team president Mark Wilf remained upbeat.

I think it looks great," Wilf said of the Metrodome in a KFAN interview, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

But the future of the Vikings – longterm anyway – isn’t in the Metrodome. The club’s lease at the stadium expires at the end of this season. They need a deal for a new home.

“It's coming along well but of course we're very mindful and respectful of what's going on with the budget situation with the state," Wilf said. "We're always said that the stadium is not going to come before a budget solution. We're in a good position to be part of a special session. We look forward to being there and we have great partners with the governor, the Legislature and Ramsey County. We're hopeful but obviously we know that the budget comes first and the state comes first."

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