By Alyssa Anderson
The Minnesota Vikings have been in discussion with the University of Minnesota with potential plans of making TCF Bank Stadium their interim home while they build a new stadium of their own.
That would mean a team from the National Football League would be playing in a National Collegiate Athletica Association stadium.
If the Vikings decide TCF will be their temporary home, the deal would be for three seasons, which is the longest stint in an alternative stadium for an NFL team since 1966, according to the Pioneer Press.
The University of Minnesota has taken the stipulations of hosting an NFL team into account, because this is not the first time the University of Minnesota has opened its stadium to the Vikings.
Last year, TCF was reopened in December to host the Vikings, after the roof of the dome collapsed.
Before anyone can jump on board though, there are a few complications.
First of all, the Vikings have a schedule completely independent of the University's sports schedule.
Gary Bowman, the U's athletic communications director, told CBS that the Gopher's basketball, hockey, and volleyball teams would have to be completely rescheduled due to traffic concerns.
Another issue facing the Vikings is that TCF wasn't built to be used in the deep-winter months.
Heating coils would need to be installed in the field, water pipes would need to be insulated and concession stands would need cold weather protection for both the vendors and the food.
As well as the Vikings would lose money from the 15,000 less seats in TCF.
Finally, the change that is potentially the biggest deal breaker for NFL fans is the fact TCF Bank Stadium is a dry-stadium, meaning alcohol is not allowed inside- at least for now.
President Kaler of the University is working with the Board of Regents to come up with a plan that would alcohol to be purchased in TCF Bank Stadium for professional football games.
Kaler told the Star Tribune that alcohol would have to be part of the equation, should the Vikings use TCF.
While TCF might not be the easiest transition field, it might be the only option left after the state's budgeting arguments over the Vikings' stadium cease.