Vikings want ability to play home games away from home
In their bid to have a new stadium constructed near the Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings also want the opportunity to play “home” games elsewhere.
In other words, the franchise wants to ensure it can compete in some of the international games that the NFL is trying to push. It became an issue for the St. Louis Rams to play “host” to the New England Patriots in London this coming season because the franchise’s lease with the Edward Jones Dome stated all home games had to be played there in St. Louis.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, language in the team’s deal (that is pending) asks for the ability to play up to four regular-season home games and two exhibition games off site over a 10-year period.
Ted Mondale, the point man for Gov. Mark Dayton on the issue, downplayed the issue and said “it could but (would) not likely involve a regular season home game.”
“It’s language to allow them to play in Europe or China or somewhere for exhibition purposes,” Mondale said.
While we don’t believe the Vikings wouldn’t be asked to play in England, for practical purposes it’s hard to imagine the NFL asking Minnesota to go abroad for a home game in the first few seasons after the new stadium is opened.
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