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Vikings Now the Leading Contender to Play a Game in 13 and 14 in London

The Vikings are the leading contender to replace the Rams in London, who abandoned their plan to play their in 2013 and 2014 to focus on a stadium deal in St. Louis, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

According to two people with direct knowledge of the situation, the Vikings are the league’s top candidate to play in Wembley Stadium in the next four years, and the team is negotiating with the University of Minnesota to relocate games from TCF Bank Stadium to London while the Metrodome is reconstructed.

Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ vice president of public affairs and stadium development, would not confirm specifics but acknowledged that the team is in the hunt to play in London.

“We’ve expressed an interest, and there’s a process the league is following,” Bagley said before Minnesota’s preseason game against Buffalo on Friday, Aug. 17, at the Metrodome. “We’ll see how it shakes out.”

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2 Responses to “Vikings Now the Leading Contender to Play a Game in 13 and 14 in London”

  1. dynalee10 says:

    I think its kind of cool that the Vikings might play a few games in England. I like the historical implacations of the return of the Vikings to conquer and pillage .

  2. Andy Fisher says:

    These games never go well for either team. It always seems to be a significant disruption to the progression of the seasons for the teams involved. The Vikings have a young roster full of talent that needs time to develop, but I think the Vikings will be at a point to want and need to take every last game seriously in the ’13 and ’14 seasons. I’m not especially excited about this concept as a Vikings fan. They’d be doing the league a favor to earn browny points in helping the NFL try to spread its influence to the European market. Well, they had NFL Euro and nobody across the pond seemed to care about that. We’ve been sending NFL teams their way for a few years now, and nobody seems to care about that either (other than the novelty spectacle of it). Europeans don’t care about American Football. Let’s let them.

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