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    But Mortenson also agreed to substantial penalties for late completion, including a fee of $5 million for any NFL game that cannot be played at the new stadium as scheduled. Under the contract, the facility must be substantially completed by July 1, 2016, in time for the full 2016 schedule.
    Wow that's pretty steep. They only got a base pay of $12.5 million, so even if they only miss preseason they lose out on damn near all of it.

    Maybe the stadium will be done on time after all...
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    Looks like the stadium could or will be built by 2016 as the Metrodome to be demolished in 2014. Team to play outside in 2014 for two years!
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    So this is the last season in the metrodome?
    Skol Vikings! Go Cubs!

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    Vikings Stadium Delayed

    They should just raze the dome now and put it behind us. Then run out of money before they get to the roof on the next one.

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    How are they going to keep the field from freezing like a rock at TCF .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tad7 View Post
    So this is the last season in the metrodome?
    Yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thorshammer View Post
    How are they going to keep the field from freezing like a rock at TCF .....
    Among other things, they are installing heating coils at TCF.

    To start, the Gophers are going to get paid $250,000 per game that the Vikings play in the stadium. In addition, the Gophers and the Vikings will split concession and advertising revenue, which is estimated to be about $50,000 per gameľ totaling an estimated $300,000 per game to the Gophers. Furthermore, all additional expenses during the season will be paid for by the Vikings.

    One major component to this move is that TCF will need to undergo a few renovations to get the stadium NFL ready. Currently, the stadium only holds 50,805 seats, which is about 15,000 less than the Metrodome. In order to get TCF's capacity up closer to that 65,000, the Vikings will pay for new bleachers to be installed on the western end zone plaza.

    Also, heating coils are to be installed under the field. Since the Gophers don't have any home games after November, there is no real need for a heated playing surface. But since the Vikings play regular season games into January, and possibly some playoff games at the end of the month, the field will need these coils.
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    Thanks ... Glad they are adding coils ... I remember watching the last game they played there and it looked like it was as hard as concrete .... Kind of hate to loose the noise advantage that the dome brought us ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by thorshammer View Post
    Thanks ... Glad they are adding coils ... I remember watching the last game they played there and it looked like it was as hard as concrete .... Kind of hate to loose the noise advantage that the dome brought us ....
    Agreed.

    I think it will be fun to have them play outdoors when the weather is nice. But come December and January we'll see how many of the old school fans who preach outdoor football will actually be showing up - especially in the second season at TCF when the novelty is worn off.

    Actually, the attendance at the Vikings-Bears game at TCF was 40,504, leaving about 10,000 seats empty. I guess the novelty wasn't really there to begin with. I am glad the new stadium will be enclosed or retractable.

    Fun fact - that game came exactly 29 years to the day from the last game at the Old Met.
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    Wasn't parking a huge issue when the Vikings played at TCF also?

    What's their plan for that? They already have the Vikings paying for renovating a relatively new stadium, which they share 0 cost in, but take half the profits plus an additional $5 million minimum. Are they having them pay for a new parking ramp/area also?

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