Updated 4:40 p.m. ET, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
The Metrodome will need an entirely new roof, an $18 million project.
Engineers will tell the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission that a new roof is needed after the Metrodome's roof collapsed because of a blizzard in early December.
The Vikings had to play their final two home games outside the Metrodome, playing the Giants at Ford Field in Detroit and the Bears at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.
"The Minnesota Vikings support the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission's (MSFC) decision to replace the Metrodome's damaged roof," the team said in a statement. "We are pleased the Vikings will be able to play in front of our fans at Mall of America Field during the final season of the team's lease agreement.
"The Vikings also want to be clear that the MSFC's decision to replace the roof is not a long-term stadium solution and does not change the urgency to build a new multi-purpose stadium for the State and the Vikings. The Metrodome still ranks at the bottom of the NFL in terms of revenue and fan experience. It is our intent to pursue the final passage of legislation during this year's legislative session to finance and construct a new stadium, and we are encouraged by the progress on that front."
The way we see it
Replacing the roof likely will not conclude until end of July or early August, putting things dangerously close to the start of the 2011 NFL season. There have been talks of a new stadium in Minneapolis or a possible future move to Los Angeles, and this will clearly accelerate talks.