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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
BBAO: Floating multiple stadium sites

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

A new idea has emerged late in the Minnesota Vikings' push for stadium approval in 2011. Instead of razing the Metrodome and rebuilding on that site, officials have suggested an alternate vision: Buying adjacent land to build a new stadium, allowing the team to continue playing in the Metrodome until its completion.

The plan would eliminate the contingency of playing at the smaller TCF Bank Stadium for up to three years. The adjacent land is currently owned by the Star Tribune newspaper. Dave Orrick of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has more.

At some point soon, a single vetted plan needs to emerge to give legislators something tangible to consider. As it stands now, there are plans to study the Arden Hills site in Ramsey County, and there is support for at least three different sites in downtown Minneapolis -- the Metrodome, the Star Tribune land and space near baseball's Target Field on the west side of downtown.

Discussion is good. Distracting noise is bad. Without a unified plan, there is no chance of legislative approval this year.

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