Vikings to chip in for new outdoor stadium

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, Last Updated: 5:28 PM ET

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings are ready to discuss the possibility of once again playing in a roofless stadium.

According to FOX 9 in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, the Vikes are willing to front one-third of the cost of a new outdoor venue, even if state legislators choose to proceed with a more costly indoor stadium.

Team spokesperson Lester Bagley added that the team doesn't need a roof over their heads to play, but that going ahead with plans to build a stadium subject to the elements might not get legislative approval.

If the Vikings' plan moves forward, it would be a similar path to the one the Twins followed to have Target Field constructed.

Minnesota was forced to play its final two home games of the 2010 season at alternate venues after heavy snows caused the roof of the Metrodome to collapse.

Ford Field in Detroit hosted a loss to the New York Giants on December 13, and the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium -- an outdoor venue -- hosted a loss to the Chicago Bears on December 20.

The Vikings played in outdoor Metropolitan Stadium from their 1961 inception through the 1981 season. They have called the Metrodome home since 1982.


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