I don’t know where the story about the Vikings looking at a fourth Minneapolis site came from, but it’s already gone to that great rumor mill in the sky. The story was killed so fast that a lot of people probably aren’t even aware of it. On Monday the idea was floated that the Vikings might save themselves the trouble of playing three years in TCF Bank Stadium by leaving the Metrodome standing and building on a site just east of the Dome. Only problem: The proposed site is currently occupied by the 511 building and the owner of that building has no interest in selling at any price. Can you say “non-starter?”
In a rare demonstration of decisiveness, the Vikings moved to immediately kill the rumor. “Calling it the fourth site is people getting carried away. There is no viable plan and no viable site,” said Lester Bagley. Mayor R.T. Rybak and state rep Morrie Lanning also shot down the story. So that, as they say, is that.
For those still keeping score, the Metrodome site retains the lead spot in the Great Stadium Derby. Every other potential Twin Cities-area site is tied for second. L.A. is in third place and my personal favorite, Duluth, is running a distant fourth.