Vikings to Minneapolis: We don't want to play on Chicago Avenue

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the Minnesota Vikings' home from 1982 to 2013, was situated on Chicago Avenue in downtown Minneapolis -- the same spot where U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings' new home, will open this summer.

Now, though, the Vikings say they want the road renamed.

The team has applied with Minneapolis' City Planning Commission to have a three-block stretch of Chicago Avenue renamed Vikings Way in front of the stadium, saying they "strongly object to having the street running in front of the stadium named after one of its opponents and neighboring rival." The stretch of Chicago Avenue, which runs from the intersections of 3rd Street to 6th Street South in Minneapolis, currently has the commemorative name "Kirby Puckett Place," dating from when the Metrodome was home to the Minnesota Twins. But even though the street name is unofficial, it means Chicago Avenue isn't on street signs for that three-block stretch.

The Vikings want those three blocks to be officially renamed, so they can list the stadium's address on Vikings Way. The city granted the Twins the same request in 2010 when they moved to Target Field and had the street in front of the ballpark renamed Twins Way.

"The Minnesota Vikings are a long-term, iconic business and will be located at the new stadium location," the Vikings wrote in their proposal. "The Minnesota Vikings played for 32 years at the Metrodome and the new stadium is being built to last for several generations to come."

Minneapolis will consider the Vikings' proposal on March 14.