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Vikings want Minneapolis’ Chicago Avenue renamed

MINNEAPOLIS -- The wrong NFC North town holds the road to the Vikings' new stadium, and the team just can't bear it.The franchise is asking Minneapolis city officials to rename the stretch of Chicago Avenue South that borders U.S. Bank Stadium "V...

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A view of the south side of the U.S. Bank Stadium, which is 90 percent completed and is on schedule to be finished in July, photographed in Minneapolis on Feb. 16. (Photo by Scott Takushi / St. Paul Pioneer Press)

MINNEAPOLIS - The wrong NFC North town holds the road to the Vikings’ new stadium, and the team just can’t bear it.
The franchise is asking Minneapolis city officials to rename the stretch of Chicago Avenue South that borders U.S. Bank Stadium “Vikings Way.” Among the reasons: tradition, precedent from other local teams - and a deep-seated aversion to an address evocative of a division rival, the Chicago Bears.
“The Minnesota Vikings strongly object to having the street running in front of the stadium named after one of its opponents and neighboring rival,” the team wrote in its application for the change, filed this week.
The city’s planning commission will take up the matter on Monday.
The change would apply to the stretch of Chicago between Third and Sixth streets, on the west side of the stadium. It is currently named both Chicago Avenue and Kirby Puckett Place, a commemorative holdover from the days of the Metrodome.
An analysis by public works staff said the request was “reasonable” and recommended its approval. Typically, street names are not supposed to identify a specific business, tenant or living person, but the Vikings “are a longstanding cultural and historical entity,” the analysis said.
In addition to needling the Bears, the Vikings pointed out that the Twins got the same treatment - Target Field’s address is 1 Twins Way - and that the team has been a fixture of the block for 32 years, with a 30-year lease in the new stadium still to come.

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