There is a proposal being discussed among some Republican legislators in Minnesota for an open-air stadium to reduce the cost of a new stadium for the Vikings.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the new proposal could get lumped in with a larger bonding bill to pay for repair of roads, bridges and buildings.
“We don’t have a position on the roof. It’s a club matter,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the paper.
Governor Mark Dayton said he wants a stadium with a cover so that it could be used year-round for more than just football games. Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley has said before that a new stadium, with a roof, would allow Minnesota to compete for large sporting events such as the Super Bowl and the Final Four.
The $975 million plan currently sits with the state Senate. The team’s lease in the Metrodome is up after the 2012 season. Owner Zygi Wilf has been trying for years to get a new stadium for the Vikings, who could be forced to move if a new stadium isn’t agreed upon. The bill is temporarily delayed, but the state legislature plans to keep working into May to reach an agreement.