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Monday, December 13, 2010
The task of shifting a home game

By Kevin Seifert

DETROIT -- Many of you have asked about the economic impact of shifting Monday night's game from the Metrodome to Ford Field. You're wondering how much ticket and concession revenue the Minnesota Vikings will lose and who is paying the expenses associated with putting on the game at a neutral site.

Both the Vikings and the NFL are keeping those answers close to the vest at this point. Sunday, Vikings vice president for sales and marketing Steve LaCroix said: "We will not begin to delve into the economic ramifications until we have taken care of the more pressing needs of our fans, our business partners and our football team."

If I had to guess, I would bet the Vikings and/or the NFL, will seek relief from the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC), the government entity that owns and operates the Metrodome. Ultimately, the MSFC bears responsibility for maintaining the roof, which collapsed Sunday morning under more than a foot of snow.

Absent those answers, I wanted to pass along some interesting (at least to me) nuggets about how this evening is being organized into what amounts to a Vikings home game:
See you in a few hours.