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Alcohol Sales Would Likely Be Allowed For Vikings Games At TCF Bank Stadium

Bagley said beer sales are a revenue stream and important for fan experience
Univ. of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Friday said that alcohol sales at the school's TCF Bank stadium “would probably be allowed should the Minnesota Vikings play there temporarily,” according to Mike Kaszuba of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The ban on sales at college games “would be unchanged.” Kaler said that the university “was considering the issue, with the final decision on enacting separate alcohol policies for pro and college games likely headed to the Board of Regents.” The Vikings and the university are “in stepped-up negotiations to have the team play at TCF for three years should a new Vikings stadium be built at the site of the Metrodome.” Vikings VP/Stadium Operations & Public Affairs Lester Bagley said, "Beer sales are pretty much a standard in all NFL stadiums. It's a revenue stream. It's important for the fan experience." Meanwhile, talk emerged Friday of “another possible site option that would make discussions about moving to TCF moot.” Bagley and Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chair Ted Mondale said that they have “been looking at acreage just southeast of the Dome, between 11th Avenue S. and Interstate 35W.” Bagley said that the location “would be ideal but that buildings on the site might be difficult to relocate” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/28). In Minneapolis, Kevin Duchschere noted the new site would help the team “save the cost, estimated at $48 million, of having to play" at TCF Bank Stadium for up to three seasons. Bagley: “It would be ideal to build a stadium next door and play in the Dome, like many teams do” (STARTRIBUNE.com, 1/27).
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