The Minnesota Vikings will be playing next season in the cozy confines of the Metrodome. But after that, the Vikings will venture outdoors for at least two seasons.
According to NFL.com, the Vikings will play at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium during the 2014 and 2015 seasons while the Metrodome is torn down and a new stadium is built in its place.
Vice President Lester Bagely said:
“The Vikings are operating under the assumption that 2013 is our last season in the Metrodome.”
The plan was to play one outdoor season as construction on the new stadium started with the Metrodome still up and running. Mortenson Construction, who will build the new stadium in Minneapolis, said that it would be too difficult and now the Vikins expect to play two seasons outdoors.
According to Bleacher Report, the Metrodome will likely be torn down in February 2014 and the new stadium will open up in July, 2016.
The Vikings have been playing in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome since the 1982 but they have been force, on occasion, to use the TCF Bank Stadium. In 2010, the roof of the 30 year old stadium collapsed and the Vikings were forced to move their game against the Giants to the college stadium.