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    Re: Who gets Dome: Vikings or Twins?

    How bout the Vikings play that game at Lincoln Financial Field......It's not like a real team is using it, plus it would be close for me.
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    Re: Who gets Dome: Vikings or Twins?

    "Salzy" wrote:
    How bout the Vikings play that game at Lincoln Financial Field......It's not like a real team is using it.............
    Same could be said for Lambeau.

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    Re: Who gets Dome: Vikings or Twins?

    Posted on Fri, Sep. 22, 2006

    [size=13pt]Vikings, Twins face conflict of dates
    ALDS game might force rescheduling[/size]


    BY DON SEEHOLZER
    Pioneer Press


    Vikings and Twins officials met Thursday with members of the Metrodome Sports Facilities Commission regarding a potential conflict in the teams' schedules.

    If the Twins win the American League Central title and home-field advantage for the divisional round of the playoffs, they could be host of Game 5 of the divisional series Oct. 8, the same day the Vikings are scheduled to play the Detroit Lions at the Metrodome.

    In that scenario, the Vikings might have to move their game to Monday night, Oct. 9, or flip-flop home games with the Lions, meaning the teams would play Oct. 8 in Detroit and Dec. 10 at the Metrodome.

    Lester Bagley, the Vikings' vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said the team is working with the NFL and the Lions to come up with a plan. He noted that the Twins wouldn't have had home-field advantage if the playoffs had opened Thursday.

    "First of all, we're rooting for the Twins to win the division and the World Series and to do it at the Metrodome," Bagley said. "But until they do win the division or the season is over, there is no conflict."

    If there is a need to change dates, Bagley added, "We would give our fans as much notice as possible."

    Bill Lester, executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, said his group is prepared to deal with any scenario.

    "The one issue for us is we would require some notice so we would have time to change over the field," he said, "but we've done it before. We've been doing this for 25 years, so we'd just have to adjust accordingly."

    If the Vikings-Lions game is moved to Monday night, it would be televised on over-the-air affiliates in both teams' home markets, an NFL spokesman said.

    Don Seeholzer can be reached at [email protected]

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    Re: Who gets Dome: Vikings or Twins?

    [size=13pt]Game change decision probably won't come until next week[/size]

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    Vikings officials met Thursday with the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission but made no decisions about rescheduling their Oct. 8 game against Detroit, a contest that could conflict with a Twins playoff game at the Metrodome.
    Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said the team is committed to "finding a solution" but has not necessarily accepted that the Twins have priority that day.

    The most likely change would be moving the Vikings-Lions game to Monday, Oct. 9.

    "There is no conflict until the Twins clinch their division, which we hope they do," Bagley said. "We're on board with them. We have a good working relationship with them and want everything to work out well.

    "By the same token, we've got a game scheduled that day that could require some difficult adjustment. It's not like moving a game from a Saturday to a Sunday. It's moving it from a weekend to a weekday. There's a considerable cost that goes into that, and we have fans that come to games from four or five states and from Canada. We have to consider all of that."

    The sides probably will wait until late next week to announce any contingency plans. The conflict would occur if the Twins win the American League Central with one of the two best records in the AL, giving them home-field advantage in the ensuing Division Series.

    Game 5 of the Division Series would be Oct. 8 at the Metrodome.

    The Twins' user agreement with the commission has given them playoff priority in the Metrodome, but that agreement expired after the 2004 season. The team has been operating under the same terms but does not have a new written agreement.

    Bill Lester, the commission's executive director, said he would be surprised if the Vikings attempt to override the Twins' priority.

    "The Vikings are good corporate citizens," Lester said. "I don't think they're going to try to exercise that. The baseball game will be played that day, and this is the Twins' home venue."

    Downfield threat

    Statistically speaking, the Vikings have been one of the NFL's most proficient downfield passing teams during the first two weeks of the season. Brad Johnson has completed 10 passes of at least 20 yards, ranking third among league quarterbacks.

    Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb (12) and Indianapolis' Peyton Manning (11) are the only quarterbacks with more 20-plus-yard passes.

    Johnson ranks in the top three despite having far fewer completions than both McNabb and Manning. Johnson has completed 35 passes this season, meaning that 28.6 percent of his completions have gone for more than 20 yards.

    McNabb and Manning have both completed 51 passes, meaning that McNabb's percentage is 23.5 and Manning's is 21.6 percent.

    Etc.

    • All three Vikings listed on the injury report -- guard Artis Hicks (left shoulder), receiver Troy Williamson (left shoulder) and receiver Marcus Robinson (right hamstring) -- remained questionable for Sunday's game against Chicago. All three practiced, however.

    • Mewelde Moore will return kickoffs Sunday against Chicago if Williamson does not. But Williamson said: "I think I probably will do it. I don't see why not. We'll see."

    • The Bears added two players to their injury report: long snapper Patrick Mannelly (illness, questionable) and receiver Airese Currie (shoulder, probable).


    Judd Zulgad contributed to this report.


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