The Minnesota Vikings will call the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium home for the next two years as changes are underway to make the Vikings feel somewhat at home, in the home of the Golden Gophers.
An agreement was signed in May 2013, Vikings and University officials have spent several months collaborating with Mortenson Construction regarding the needs – and the costs associated with those needs to make TCF Bank Stadium NFL-ready. Today, the complete list of stadium modifications and cost was released. The approximate total will be $6.6 million but this will be covered by the $975 million new stadium budget, with today’s agreement being reached the construction can start in early March and will be completed in July.
The list of modifications, among other items, includes: Hydronic heated field, increased storage space throughout the facility, heating for various areas within the stadium, and concession upgrades in the stadium’s concourses. The Vikings will also install temporary bleachers to accommodate approximately 2,000 additional fans and that will bring the total capacity at TCF Bank Stadium to 52,000.
“There is no question that the University of Minnesota already has an outstanding venue for watching outdoor football,” said Vikings Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Warren. “Each of these modifications, however, is essential to providing the proper NFL game day experience for our players, coaches and fans. We appreciate the University’s collaborative efforts to ensure TCF Bank Stadium is ready to host Vikings games this fall, and we look forward to playing outdoor football for the next two seasons.”
Even with the Vikings being in a college stadium, fans have reacted favorably to this move, season ticket renewals are nearly 20% ahead of 2013 renewals.