University of Minnesota, Vikings reach agreement on TCF Bank Stadium use


Oct 27, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The Minnesota Golden Gophers take the field prior to the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers defeated the Boilermakers 44-28. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota reached agreement on a facility use agreement allowing Vikings to use the TCF Bank Stadium during the construction of the team’s new stadium, according to FOX 9.

The Vikings announced in February that they would play at TCF Bank stadium during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, but the terms were not yet finalized. A May letter of intent set a tentative deal for the Vikings to pay the school $3 million a season for up to four seasons.

“There’s no reason to think two years will be a problem,” University spokesman Steve Henneberry said in February.

The Metrodome is scheduled to be torn down in February 2014 and the new stadium should be ready to open by July 1, 2016.