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Fargodome being considered for 2015 Prep Bowl

by Mike McFeely

The Fargodome is being considered as the site for the Minnesota high school football championships known as the Prep Bowl in 2015.

The idea came up at a meeting of the Minnesota State High School League board of directors Thursday, according to MSHSL spokesman John Millea.

Minnesota's football championships have been contested in the Metrodome since 1982, usually on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. But because the Metrodome is being demolished to make way for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium after this season, the MSHSL needed to find another venue for its seven title games in 2014 and 2015.

The board decided to have the 2014 title games at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, home of the University of Minnesota football team. Those games will be played one week before Thanksgiving weekend. But 2015 remains undecided because there are conflicts with the Gophers. The Prep Bowl would have to be played two weeks before Thanksgiving if TCF Bank Stadium is used.

Options for 2015 offered by MSHSL associate director Kevin Merkle included starting the regular season earlier, starting the playoffs earlier, shortening the regular season from eight games to seven or moving the Prep Bowl to a stadium outside the Twin Cities such as the Fargodome or Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

Millea said nothing has moved beyond the idea stage. He said the MSHSL has not contacted anybody at either the Fargodome or the Alerus Center.