Sioux Falls leaders brainstorm Vikings proposal

Updated: October 14, 2003, 1:52 PM ET

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Sioux Falls civic leaders and Gov. Mike Rounds met Monday to plot strategy on a proposal to bring the Minnesota Vikings to Sioux Falls for the team's annual three-week training camp.

The 25-member Sioux Falls contingent has until the end of the month to submit a plan to the Vikings, who have held their camp at Mankato for 39 years. That contract expired in August.

The committee is talking about adding three NFL-sized practice fields to the Howard Wood Field complex, a facility shared by Augustana College and the local high schools, and expanding the locker rooms for 135 players and staff, as well as additional room for visiting NFL teams.

The committee also is considering a roof for the field so the team can practice in bad weather.

Sioux Falls is the only city outside Minnesota that the Vikings are considering. The other three are Mankato, Duluth and St. Cloud.

"I think they're honestly looking to make a move. They understand there is a huge market down here," Rounds said. "For them, it's a dollars-and-cents issue. It's also a marketing issue. It's a matter of bringing in more fans to support them in Minneapolis in the regular season."

Vikings training camp could bring in anywhere from $3 million for the entire camp to as much as $1 million a day, Rounds said.

The camp usually runs from late July through August and would coincide with the Sioux Empire Fair and the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

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