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Vikings exec says U.S. city other than L.A. has contacted team

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As the Vikings push the state of Minnesota for help in replacing the Metrodome, spokesman Lester Bagley said another U.S. city other than Los Angeles has contacted the team about possibly relocating, according to the Star Tribune.

Bagley, the team's vice president of stadium development and public affairs, revealed that the Vikings had a second suitor during a Tuesday hearing at the state Capitol, where two state Senate panels focused on funding possibilities and whether or not to help publicly fund a new stadium.

Bagley wasn't pressed by legislators during the hearing to elaborate on his claim, and he afterward declined to identify the city that had called the Vikings.

"We would let that city speak for themselves," said Bagley, who added the city had approached the team over the past year. "I don't think it's our place to say who it is."

The Vikings' lease at the Metrodome expires at the end of the current season, and speculation has persisted over the last year that any team move out of Minnesota would involve two stadium developers in Los Angeles, the largest U.S. city without an NFL franchise.

Minneapolis city leaders on Tuesday put their weight behind a proposal to rebuild a new Vikings stadium at the current site of the Metrodome, saying it would be $215 million cheaper than the team's preferred plan to build a $1.1 billion stadium in the suburbs. The Vikings haven't retreated from their support for the suburban site, and Bagley again told committee members Tuesday that the team's offer to cover $425 million of construction costs is contingent on building at that site instead of Minneapolis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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