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Metrodome could lose $2 million a year when Twins, U leave

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Officials are looking for ways to keep the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome solvent after the Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota football team leave.

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is reviewing preliminary financial numbers that show it will begin to lose an average of $2 million a year once the Twins and the Gophers have left the Metrodome for their new stadiums.

Bill Lester, executive director of the commission, says the Metrodome is OK with a combination of reductions and revenues from other events — as long as the Minnesota Vikings remain at the Dome.

But Lester says if the Vikings leave, "the Dome’s no longer viable." The Vikings’ lease expires after the 2011 season.

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While there’s big demand for youth sports, the Metrodome could remain dark on many nights during baseball season.

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