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magicci
09-20-2006, 10:57 PM
Who gets Dome: Vikings or Twins?
Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune
Last update: September 20, 2006 – 9:07 PM


A potential schedule conflict with the Twins could force the Vikings to move their Oct. 8 game against Detroit, but Vikings officials apparently are considering whether to challenge an agreement that gives the Twins priority in the Metrodome.
The conflict would arise if the Twins win the American League Central Division, giving them home-field advantage in the Division Series. Game 5 of the Division Series, if necessary, would be Oct. 8 -- the same day the Vikings and Lions are scheduled to play.

The Twins' lease with the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission always has given them postseason scheduling priority, but that agreement expired after the 2004 season. Since then, the Twins have been operating under the same terms without a written agreement.

Bill Lester, the commission's executive director, and Dave St. Peter, Twins president, both said the Twins have priority despite the status of the agreement. But Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said: "We are trying to explore all of our options."

Asked if the Vikings have accepted the Twins' priority, Bagley said: "All I can say is we're exploring all of our options."

St. Peter, however, said, "Nothing has changed. The Twins have every intention should we get home-field advantage, of playing in the Metrodome [that day] and being the only game in the Dome."

Assuming the Twins maintain priority, the Vikings would have two options:

Moving their game against the Lions to Monday, Oct. 9 or swapping home games with the Lions. In that scenario, the teams would play Oct. 8 in Detroit and Dec. 10 at the Metrodome.

However, a person with knowledge of the situation said the Lions already have refused to swap games, in part because the arrangement would leave them playing four of their final five games on the road.

An NFL spokesman said a tentative schedule change could be announced next week. The spokesman added that the NFL is "aware of the potential conflict and we are looking at our options and discussing them with the teams."

The Metrodome is one of three multi-use stadiums that house Major League Baseball and NFL teams; the others are Oakland's McAfee Coliseum and Miami's Dolphin Stadium. The Twins are scheduled to move into a baseball-only ballpark in 2010.


Judd Zulgad contributed to this report.


Kevin Seifert • kseifert@startribune.com

http://www.startribune.com/510/story/690864.html



this is not a good sign

BadlandsVikings
09-20-2006, 11:01 PM
The lions need to swap, it doesn't matter if they are on the raod or home, They will still be bad.

damien927
09-20-2006, 11:10 PM
I am all for changing the Gmae to Monday OCt. 9th.... that way I will be able to attend the game.
I will miss it if it is on SUnday,......
Go Twins!

olson_10
09-20-2006, 11:34 PM
look im a diehard vikings fan, but im also just as big of a twins fan..twins will be in the playoffs so they get priority..who cares if we swap home games? no big deal at all

magicci
09-20-2006, 11:41 PM
id be ok if they swap home game but if they move the game to monday night then i dont think i would be able to see it on NFL ticket

Vikes_King
09-21-2006, 01:06 AM
just annoys me.. i dont care how they figure it out.. just get seperate damn stadiums already

thevikingfan
09-21-2006, 01:25 AM
Dont worry about this!The vikes can just play outside in the parking lot!All you need is some spray paint ;D

ultravikingfan
09-21-2006, 05:08 AM
Just move both team out....of state!

digital420
09-21-2006, 05:24 AM
well.. what can i say.. let the play off team have the dome..

and force the kitties to switch home dates!!


they'll have a loosing season anyways.

end on a tuff note.. so u can get better draft day picks!!

DiGiTaL

Garland Greene
09-21-2006, 11:30 AM
Would a playoff game for the Twins make more money than a Vikings game?

whackthepack
09-21-2006, 11:36 AM
Why not move the Twins game to Monday night and you remove the conflict that way.
The Viking's game is already scheduled and the Twins game can be scheduled for any night.

thanatoschristou
09-21-2006, 11:36 AM
Not a problem, won't go to game 5 we will whoop some butt.

thevikingfan
09-21-2006, 11:40 AM
"THEBIGDADDY" wrote:


Would a playoff game for the Twins make more money than a Vikings game?

No it wont.I have yet to c a twin game sell out

BloodyHorns82
09-21-2006, 11:50 AM
"thevikingfan" wrote:


"THEBIGDADDY" wrote:


Would a playoff game for the Twins make more money than a Vikings game?

No it wont.I have yet to c a twin game sell out


The Twins do sell out games occasionally.
They've sold out games this year.

Still though, once they transform the stadium into a baseball park, it holds roughly 20,000 less people.
So I'm sure the Vikes game would make more money.

DeathtoDenny
09-21-2006, 12:04 PM
In the playoffs they even raise that hall of fame thing in left field for seats. Yes it will sell out, no it doesn't make more money. I went to a sell out last year against the indians.

vikingbill50
09-21-2006, 01:35 PM
would be alot easier to switch but if the kitties are gonna cry about it, then just have another double header for monday night football..will have to wait and see what the nfl will decide to do

JellyBean2144
09-21-2006, 04:23 PM
Twins!!! Hands down!!

magicci
09-21-2006, 06:03 PM
they won't doa double header because that game is already signed for fox i think

olson_10
09-21-2006, 06:10 PM
"thevikingfan" wrote:


"THEBIGDADDY" wrote:


Would a playoff game for the Twins make more money than a Vikings game?

No it wont.I have yet to c a twin game sell out

last home series against the sox, sold out..i went to the twins/tigers series at the end of july and that was totally sold out as well..they will be selling out the final 3 home games of the season, and have already pretty much sold out of playoff tickets from what i understand..you must not pay any attention to the twins to make that comment

Tarkenator
09-21-2006, 06:40 PM
"magicci" wrote:


they won't doa double header because that game is already signed for fox i think


I can't imagine Fox not jumping at the chance to air against MNF, though there may be some contractual conflicts that might prevent it.

Salzy
09-22-2006, 04:24 AM
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.

singersp
09-22-2006, 05:44 AM
"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.

singersp
09-22-2006, 06:30 AM
Posted on Fri, Sep. 22, 2006

Vikings, Twins face conflict of dates
ALDS game might force rescheduling (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/sports/football/15578209.htm)

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 dseeholzer@pioneerpress.com.

singersp
09-22-2006, 06:34 AM
Game change decision probably won't come until next week (http://www.startribune.com/510/story/693464.html)

Kevin Seifert
Last update: September 21, 2006 – 8:44 PM

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.