New Vikings stadium to be located on … Chicago Avenue

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MINNEAPOLIS  — Let’s just say the Chicago Bears might feel right at home when they play one their rivals on the road.

The Minnesota Vikings’ future stadium, which is expected to open next season, has an unfortunate address: the street in front of the venue is called Chicago Avenue. Needless to say, many fans aren’t happy. But the team’s efforts to get the name changed have so far been unsuccessful. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the city planning commission rejected a proposal to rename the street “Vikings Way.”

The Minnesota Twins, by contrast, were successful a few years ago in renaming a street in front of the city’s new baseball stadium to “Twins Way.” However commissioners this week argued that was different because “Twins Way” was not part of a larger, contiguous street.

The Minneapolis City Council could still approve the measure, but for now at least, it looks like the Bears have a home away from home.

The Vikings won the NFC North division last year with a surprising 11-5 record. They lost their first home playoff game, then played at the University of Minnesota’s stadium, to the Seattle Seahawks after kicker Blair Walsh missed a would-be game-winning field goal.

The Bears, meanwhile, missed the playoffs again after a last-place finish in the division.

The Vikings’ new field, called U.S. Bank Stadium, is expected to host the Super Bowl in 2018.

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