NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Los Angeles groups have inquired about moving the Minnesota Vikings National Football League team to California, a Vikings official said.
The NFL currently does not have a team in Los Angeles, the nation’s second biggest market, but the Vikings said they had fielded enquiries.
“We have been approached by two different groups in Los Angeles - the Ed Roski group and more recently by former (Minnesota) Timberwolves CEO Tim Leiweke and AEG,” Vikings vice president of stadium development and public affairs Lester Bagley said on the team’s website (www.vikings.com).
But Bagley said the Vikings did not have any plans to move from Minnesota and were focusing instead on building a world-class facility in the midwestern state.
“We feel solid momentum and feel we’re well-positioned with the new legislature and governor,” Bagley said in a question-and-answer chat.
The Vikings are in the final year of their lease with the aging Metrodome, their domed stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Bagley said team owner Zygi Wilf and Vikings management had toured the LA Live entertainment complex in 2009 while at an NFL owners’ meeting. The Vikings were trying to get ideas on building a similar sports/entertainment district in Minnesota, he said.
Roski’s group has plans for an $800 million stadium project in the City of Industry, a Los Angeles suburb.
Leiweke and sports-entertainment group AEG have proposed building a privately financed billion dollar stadium next to the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has been without an NFL team since the Raiders and Rams left following the 1994 season. The Raiders relocated to Oakland and the Rams moved to St. Louis.
Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Julian Linden