The Minnesota Vikings would like a new stadium -- one without a roof -- and are willing to cover a third of its cost. The team's lease of the roof-troubled Metrodome is up after next season. "A roof does not provide any benefit to the Vikings," said Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president. "It also costs a couple hundred million dollars more in capital costs, in addition to the operating costs that are much higher for a covered facility." A state senator would prefer a roof, noting that the cost of the stadium should mean it could be used all year.
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