Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Vikings Will Stay in Minnesota for the 2012 NFL Season

The Minnesota Vikings will play next season in Minneapolis, according to a report in the Star Tribune.

The Vikings were facing a Wednesday deadline to alert the NFL that they were moving to another city for the 2012 season. However, Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley told the paper on Tuesday that the team will not file relocation papers.
The Vikings had discussed the possibility of moving the franchise if a new stadium wasn't built for them, using some state money, but that push has lost steam at the Minnesota state legislature recently.

Despite the lack of urgency to get a stadium deal, Bagley remains optimistic that a deal will be done soon.

The Vikings have played at the Metrodome since 1982, but their lease at the Dome expired at the end of last season.

As of Wednesday, the Minnesota legislature had not yet introduced a Vikings stadium bill. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has pledged his support for a new Vikings stadium, but acknowledged it's not the state's top priority.

The state legislature has six weeks to hammer out a deal before the 2012 session adjourns on April 10.

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