Look for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority on Thursday to approve partnership agreements for the new Vikings stadium allowing construction to begin late next month. The agreements will include a 30-year lease and a development deal that includes the design and construction process over the next three years.

The lease which exceeds 150 pages of print is expected to include four five-year extension options which if maximized could bind the Vikings to the stadium for 50 years.

Also Thursday parameters of a "stadium builders licenses" program -- fees for a right to buy preferred seats excluding the cost of tickets -- are expected to be approved as part of the team's development agreement. The parameters will reveal the number of SBL seats prices and a maximum amount of revenue that can be generated through them.

As part of the agreement any money raised from SBLs will go toward construction of the stadium not to team owners.

A stadium groundbreaking is expected in early November and substantial construction is expected to begin at the parking lot on the east side of the Metrodome in late November. The Dome is expected to come down near Feb. 1. The Vikings will play at TCF Bank Stadium in 2014 and 2015.

Once the new Vikings stadium opens the team has a five-year window to acquire a Major League Soccer franchise and Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf remain interested in bringing MLS to Minnesota. The Vikings and MLS officials have had general ongoing dialogue about the prospect.

Don't be surprised if the Twins' Triple-A Rochester club is brought in to play an exhibition game at the new Vikings stadium which also will be configured for baseball in July 2016 as an opening event before the Vikings officially kick off their preseason in August.

For last week's trip to London to play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium the NFL will pay the Vikings the average financial take of their seven games at the Metrodome this season. The Vikings surrendered a home game for the trip.

The NFL also picked up expenses for some of the Vikings' other events while in England.

The Vikings who as an organization enjoyed last week's trip and viewed it as a sort of trade networking mission have made no decision on whether to try to return to Europe for more games.