Vikings reach tentative agreement to play at U of Minnesota

The plan for a new stadium in Minneapolis is moving forward as the Vikings have reached a tentative agreement with the University of Minnesota on how much they will pay to play at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus while the new stadium is constructed near the Metrodome.

The Vikings paid the school $1.7 million to play at the stadium in December 2010 when they hosted the Chicago Bears after a snow and ice storm caved in the roof of the Metrodome.

As part of the plan, the school will add about 3,000 temporary seats in the end zone to the 50,000-seat stadium. Per the report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, that will meet the number of season-ticket holders the Vikings have – 53,000.

What is not known at this point is how many games will be moved to TCF Bank Stadium. The plan is for the team to be able to use the Metrodome for the majority of the time while the new stadium is being constructed.

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