Vikings strike tentative deal to play at TCF Bank Stadium

In Minnesota, the operative word currently is “tentative.”

There’s a “tentative” deal to build a new building for the Vikings.  And, in turn, there’s now a “tentative” deal to play games at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, 3,000 temporary seats will be added to the 50,000-seat venue, which will accommodate the team’s 53,000 season-ticket holders.

(Then again, if the team keeps playing like it did in 2011, 50,000 seats will be more than enough to seat the remaining season-ticket holders by the time TCF Bank Stadium actually would be used.)

“I’d say there’s an agreement in principle there, but formal signoff is yet to occur between the Vikings and the university,” Vikings V.P. Lester Bagley said.

The number of games that would be played there remains undetermined.  With the latest proposed site now moved slightly from the current Metrodome location, TCF Bank Stadium will be needed for less than the previous estimate of three seasons.  Recently, there have been conflicting accounts as to whether the Vikings would play there for a full year or less than that.

For now, the deal imposes a per-game charge on the Vikings for use of the stadium.  In 2010, the Vikings paid $1.7 million to use the stadium for a Monday night game against the Bears, after the roof of the Metrodome collapsed under the weight of a whole bunch of snow.

25 responses to “Vikings strike tentative deal to play at TCF Bank Stadium

  1. No booze, terrible parking situation and it’s a already a nightmare to get out of that part of town after a Gopher football game, so add about 10K people to the mess – sounds like a winner to me.

  2. No beer can be sold at TFC Bank — but when the Vikes are at home in late December, maybe they can sell beercicles!

  3. Enough already!!!!! Build tha stadium in Arden Hills. Have the White Earth Tribe build a casino on the same property, collect a share of the revenue so the state doesn’t have to raise taxes. That will ensure a total gameday experience. Throwing together this hodge-poge, build it at the current Metrodome site while using TCF Bank stadium is ridiculous! It’s really not that hard people.

  4. 97tahoe says: Feb 21, 2012 10:32 AM

    Enough already!!!!! Build tha stadium in Arden Hills. Have the White Earth Tribe build a casino on the same property, collect a share of the revenue so the state doesn’t have to raise taxes. That will ensure a total gameday experience. Throwing together this hodge-poge, build it at the current Metrodome site while using TCF Bank stadium is ridiculous! It’s really not that hard people
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    I agree with you. Take the hand out from the Tribe

  5. they better start selling booze at that stadium or you can kiss the season ticket holders goodbye.

    they had beer taps ready to go, then the stupid liberal university decided to yank all the liquor sales for some righteous dry campus policy that doesn’t exist anyways. that pissed off a whole lot of box seat owners, so now they have empty boxes (giggidy) in that stadium.

    you expect us to watch that team sober?

  6. The tribe’s contribution would be to fund the State’s portion. Would the local partner still be on the hook for funding?

    I have not heard anything that says the tribe funding cannot happen if the site is Minneapolis. Why are you making a connection between them and Arden Hills?

    I dislike the Arden Hills site because it increases travel time for everyone south of Minneapolis and there is no public transit in place. Minneapolis is centrally located, and has transit systems in place. I am happy that Minneapolis is the location of choice.

  7. So much misinformation from the comment boards, first off the University is going to waive the no alcohol rule for Viking games. Next why does everyone just think they are running to LA? is LA any more ready to build a stadium? no. much like the situation in MN they haven’t even settled on a site nor do they have funding in place. its going to be a weird league when you have the LA Vikings, LA Jaguars, LA Rams, LA Bills, LA Raiders, and LA Chargers. I guess we will have to have the NFC LA division and AFC LA division.

  8. “Recently, there have been conflicting accounts as to whether the Vikings would play there for a full year or less than that.”
    Maybe if you spent a little more time investigating the issue and less time being a smarta$$, you’d know.

  9. holdsteady76 says:
    Feb 21, 2012 11:37 AM
    The tribe’s contribution would be to fund the State’s portion. Would the local partner still be on the hook for funding?

    I have not heard anything that says the tribe funding cannot happen if the site is Minneapolis. Why are you making a connection between them and Arden Hills?

    I dislike the Arden Hills site because it increases travel time for everyone south of Minneapolis and there is no public transit in place. Minneapolis is centrally located, and has transit systems in place. I am happy that Minneapolis is the location of
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    All I am saying is that it feels like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. The Arden Hills site as enough space for the entire project with a casino and all the nessessary parking, With additional space to boot. Yes, it’s a little farther away, but would likely save everybody time as the in & out thing downtown sucks. Not to mention most people having to park several blocks away. Rest assured that if they were to build it, public transportation would be available.

  10. The leadership for Arden Hills was the first to come up with a good proposal and should be considered first. The Vikings want it there. Problem is our politicians in the state are fighting for the Minneapolis business, they came in late with no good ideas and should not be rewarded. We have been through this with the Twins and Wild {aka North Stars}. Quit greasing each others pockets and put it in Arden Hills, the parking and transportation at the dome is already pathetic.

  11. someone that complains about having to drive an extra 10 miles to the stadium is not a real fan.. For God’s sake, if I go to a game, I drive 4 HOURS! don’t bitch about another 10 friggin miles. If its that big of a deal, stay home and watch it on TV.

  12. @deconjonesbitchslap it wasnt actually the university that decided not to sell booze, its the idiots in the MN legislators that decided to have U of M sporting events dry

  13. deconjonesbitchslap says:
    Feb 21, 2012 10:45 AM

    you expect us to watch that team sober?

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    That just about explains it all…………just about.

  14. Does anyone have any preliminary photos of what the new stadium will look like? How the setup looks including parking, transportation, etc? Over here on the west coast, we at least got an idea of what the new Niner stadium would look like before the deal was done. Maybe I’ve missed it but your help would be appreciated.

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