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Wilf wants to play outdoors in 2011

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The Minnesota Vikings take the field before the first half an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, in Minneapolis. The game is being played at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium because of damage to the Metrodome roof. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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With questions regarding whether the snow damage to the Metrodome can be repaired and if so whether another late-season debacle will unfold in 2011, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is inclined to play the 2011 season outdoors, at TCF Bank Stadium, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

After the roof of the Metrodome collapsed on December 12, the Vikings played one home game at Ford Field and another at TCF Bank Stadium, the fairly new home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Vikings lost both games, scoring 10 points combined.

The move outdoors for 2011 wouldn’t be an easy one to accomplish, given that the Vikings remain under contract to play at the Metrodome for one more year. And it could be that Wilf is huffing and puffing in the hopes of getting some concessions from the Metrodome, or possibly some more leverage toward building a new stadium.

The bigger question is whether Wilf will emerge from the experience of the past few weeks wanting the next stadium to be open air. It would give the team a real home-field advantage, a throwback to the days when the Vikings played in the elements -- and when they went to four Super Bowls. Since heading indoors, the Vikings have not returned to the championship game a single time.

Of course, Wilf also may decide that he’s had enough of owning a football team, and that he’s ready to cash in his chips and to sell the team to one of the L.A. groups.