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Heating upgrades among planned changes to TCF Bank Stadium

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A proposed agreement between the Vikings and University of Minnesota will have the Vikings pay for any capital upgrades needed for the club’s stay at the university’s football stadium, with weather-related building improvements among the expected changes.

The agreement, details of which were disclosed by the Vikings Thursday, would allow the Vikings to play in TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. It also gives the club the option to extend its stay through 2017 “with proper notification,” according to the Vikings. The Vikings are building a new stadium to replace the domed Mall of America Field, which is reportedly to be torn down in 2014.

By contrast, TCF Bank Stadium is open-air. According to the Vikings, a heating system will need to be installed underneath the field. Improvements to the plumbing for cold weather will also be needed. The turf will need to be replaced, and insulation is to be added to parts of the stadium.

Also, temporary seating could be added to the stadium, which seats 50,720 people — a small capacity for an NFL arena. The Metrodome, by comparison, seats 64,111 patrons.

According to the agreement, the Vikings will pay the university $250,000 in rent and will contribute $50,000 in other revenue per game in 2014 and 2015. All told, the team will give the university a maximum of $3 million in 2014 and 2015 in addition to the reimbursement of the capital expenses needed to get the stadium ready for NFL play.

The agreement between the university and Vikings is to be voted upon by the university’s governing board on Friday.

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  1. frankgarrett says: May 9, 2013 2:04 PM

    Viking’s Suck

  2. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 9, 2013 2:07 PM

    The biggest problem with playing there for two years is the traffic. I went to the Gopher spring game a couple weeks ago, which attracted 8,000 people. The traffic to get into the lots was pretty bad and it was backed up a lot after the game, even though we stayed late to get autographs. I can’t imagine what it’s like on a real game day. People will have to park in a ramp downtown and then bus in.

  3. We need Bud Grant says: May 9, 2013 2:08 PM

    Don’t they have to run this by the governor first?

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 9, 2013 2:08 PM

    The Vikings have already said they’ll add temporary seating so that all season ticket holders will be accomodated.

  5. jcmeyer10 says: May 9, 2013 2:09 PM

    Isn’t this a wonderful change of tunes from the debacle going on in Florida and Carolina.

  6. arrowtoyourknee says: May 9, 2013 2:12 PM

    Vikings*
    But, nice try.

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: May 9, 2013 2:13 PM

    T = That
    C = Christian Ponder
    F = Failure

  8. unbiasfan says: May 9, 2013 2:16 PM

    The best team in the NFL deserves the best stadium, count on the Vikings winning a Super Bowl this year. #Everyotherteamisterrible

  9. shappy7 says: May 9, 2013 2:25 PM

    it would be nice to play in the NFC championship game in Minnesota in the gofer stadium!!!!

  10. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 9, 2013 2:25 PM

    They should havea little ceremony where Brett Favre comes back to flip the swithc on the turf heating system for the first time…

  11. rpiotr01 says: May 9, 2013 2:31 PM

    There are many reasons to hate on the Vikings, but this is a great example of a team showing at least a little humility, and making the best of the situation until their stuff is in order. Some of these teams act like it’s an insult (an insult I tell you!) to play in a stadium that isn’t state of the art, and if they don’t get their way they threaten to move.

    Good for the Vikings for driving a used car for a year or so until they can afford a new one.

  12. slayisland says: May 9, 2013 2:32 PM

    They should be more worried abt that horrendous QB

  13. shaggytoodle says: May 9, 2013 2:38 PM

    @filthy
    Totally
    Crushed
    Favre in the MNF game.
    _
    I hope the Vikings do figure it out, because the rivalry with GB is one of the best in sports. I would hate it if they had to move.

  14. whiskeywaters says: May 9, 2013 2:40 PM

    I can’t wait for the Vikes to play at TCF. I was at the game when we played the Bears at TCF a couple of years ago and despite the fact we got creamed, it was just awesome enjoying a snowy night outdoors watching my favorite team. I got my season tickets this year just because we’ll be playing at TCF the next 2 seasons and then comes the new stadium. It’s a fun and exciting time to be a Vikings fan these days……SKOL

  15. bilnicki62 says: May 9, 2013 2:42 PM

    Look, all you need is Adrian Peterson to get 150 yrds a game and that stadium will heat up real quick. That man is fiiiiiirrreee!!!!

  16. dealer009 says: May 9, 2013 2:42 PM

    Why doesn’t the University jack up the price? Are there other stadiums that sit 50000 in the area?

  17. We need Bud Grant says: May 9, 2013 2:43 PM

    So, the temp seating will accomodate the season ticket holders, but what single game ticket sales? Will they just not have that for these two years? That sucks, I usually try to go to at least one game and don’t like paying jacked up ticket prices on stub hub…

  18. baselman1974 says: May 9, 2013 2:45 PM

    At least the NFL don’t have to worry about cancelling games in Minnesota because the roof caved in the Metrodome. Gosh that stadium is a piece of garbage.

  19. jimmysee says: May 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    unbiasfan says: May 9, 2013 2:16 PM

    The best team in the NFL deserves the best stadium

    ——————————————————–

    The best team in the NFL actually *has* the best stadium — it’s east of Minneapolis close by Lake Michigan.

  20. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 9, 2013 3:00 PM

    shaggytoodle says:May 9, 2013 2:38 PM

    I hope the Vikings do figure it out, because the rivalry with GB is one of the best in sports. I would hate it if they had to move.
    _____

    Figure what out? Did you not hear that they’re building a new stadium?

  21. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 9, 2013 3:03 PM

    rpiotr01 says:May 9, 2013 2:31 PM

    There are many reasons to hate on the Vikings, but this is a great example of a team showing at least a little humility, and making the best of the situation until their stuff is in order. Some of these teams act like it’s an insult (an insult I tell you!) to play in a stadium that isn’t state of the art, and if they don’t get their way they threaten to move.

    Good for the Vikings for driving a used car for a year or so until they can afford a new one.
    _______

    TCF Bank Stadium is light years better than the Metrodome. It’s much better for fans and the locker room is better than most NFL locker rooms. This is more like trading in your ’82 Chevette and driving a Cadillac for a couple years until your custom order Ferrari is ready.

  22. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 9, 2013 3:05 PM

    We need Bud Grant says:May 9, 2013 2:43 PM

    So, the temp seating will accomodate the season ticket holders, but what single game ticket sales? Will they just not have that for these two years? That sucks, I usually try to go to at least one game and don’t like paying jacked up ticket prices on stub hub…
    _____

    Plan on going to a December game. There are plenty of long-time season ticket holders who got their fill of cold weather games at Met Stadium and got comfortable with playing inside. There should be an adequate supply to keep the prices down.

  23. whatjusthapped says: May 9, 2013 3:06 PM

    I’m sure the Vikings will find a way to screw this up too.

    $3 million in rent for the U of M is a bargain, too bad the Vikings aren’t as astute when they go shopping for free agents. Although Benard Berrian isn’t complaining.

  24. cliverush says: May 9, 2013 3:23 PM

    The under field heating system that was installed in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro did not prevent the field from turning into a complete mess. They switched to field turf and it would seem every college and high school in the area has follewed their lead. Boston College has to bus the fans in from remote sites and it works. (45,000) Lots of OT for the cops.

  25. deltaoracle says: May 9, 2013 3:26 PM

    Most places would want a lot more money to make up for being the home of the Vikings.

  26. th56 says: May 9, 2013 3:44 PM

    Long gone are the days when the Vikings would just paint the frozen ground green.

  27. minnesconsin says: May 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    As a Packers fan living in MN, I can’t wait for this! I’m expecting tickets to be expensive, but I’ll pay to see a Vikes/Pack game at the Bank.

    This is a great deal for the University as well — the businesses (ok, the bars) on campus will see an enormous spike in revenue from NFL fans.

    Parking and traffic will be horrible for the people that insist on driving to the game. For the smarter folks, the Central Corridor rail line will be open in 2014. Park for free in South Minneapolis or a block north of University ave in St. Paul and enjoy your $2.25 train ride to the doorstep of the stadium.

  28. shaggytoodle says: May 9, 2013 4:03 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Figure what out? Did you not hear that they’re building a new stadium?
    _________

    I remember hearing of them wanting one, then they were, then not, then they were again.

    They waffled on it like Favre on retirement, and eventually I just didn’t remember.

  29. We need Bud Grant says: May 9, 2013 4:25 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:May 9, 2013 3:05 PM

    We need Bud Grant says:May 9, 2013 2:43 PM

    So, the temp seating will accomodate the season ticket holders, but what single game ticket sales? Will they just not have that for these two years? That sucks, I usually try to go to at least one game and don’t like paying jacked up ticket prices on stub hub…
    _____

    Plan on going to a December game. There are plenty of long-time season ticket holders who got their fill of cold weather games at Met Stadium and got comfortable with playing inside. There should be an adequate supply to keep the prices down.

    _______

    Good idea. Temps in the mid-30s, snow falling softly down, Christmas decorations everywhere. Absolutely perfect. Can’t wait — wish it was this year!

  30. d0minate says: May 9, 2013 4:50 PM

    This is the best thing that could happen to the Vikings. Football is supposed to be played in the elements. Enjoy your home field advantage for two years vikes!

  31. theytukrjobs says: May 9, 2013 5:02 PM

    Vikings will be playing in 3 different stadiums over the course of 4 years. Kind of strange.

    Indoor dump. Then a small outdoor stadium with an old school design. Then a futuristic indoor arena.

    Hopefully somewhere during the second year at “The Bank” most fans will realize that outdoor football has one serious drawback. It is COLD in MN in late December.

    See what I did there?

  32. stevent92 says: May 9, 2013 5:24 PM

    It’s better than going to Ford Field in Detroit for 2 years, like that “home game” we had vs. the Giants in 2010.

  33. mazblast says: May 9, 2013 5:39 PM

    Why doesn’t the University jack up the price? Are there other stadiums that sit 50000 in the area?
    —————————————–
    No. U of M is the only Division I school in the state. That’s why the Metrodome roof collapse was such a disaster. TCF wasn’t designed to be used in December.

  34. illiniftw says: May 9, 2013 5:45 PM

    The turf NEEDS to be replaced or they want to? It can’t be worse than Soldier Field… and I’m a Bears fan

  35. gtodriver says: May 9, 2013 7:14 PM

    cliverush says:
    May 9, 2013 3:23 PM
    The under field heating system that was installed in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro did not prevent the field from turning into a complete mess. They switched to field turf and it would seem every college and high school in the area has follewed their lead.
    ______________________________

    TCF already has artificial turf. I think that the replacement will be caused by the need to remove the turf to install the heating system underneath it.

  36. rj6976 says: May 9, 2013 7:43 PM

    I realize upping the potential lease to 2017 is to cover unforeseen circumstances but it’s a bit troubling to think the cover your a#% clause could be an additional 2 years
    Realistically AP and Jennings would never play in the new stadium

  37. filthymcnasty1 says: May 9, 2013 8:10 PM

    The homeless shelter needs a little sprucing up for the new tenants.

  38. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: May 9, 2013 11:33 PM

    Knowing the Vikes, the University of Minnesota will probably sign with the Seahawks next year.

    Good luck in ’14!

  39. 7ransponder says: May 10, 2013 12:47 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    May 9, 2013 2:25 PM
    They should havea little ceremony where Brett Favre comes back to flip the swithc on the turf heating system for the first time…

    ————————–

    That’s probably the first and last time I will thumbs up a Carl G. post.

  40. vikescry1 says: May 10, 2013 1:53 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 9, 2013 2:08 PM
    The Vikings have already said they’ll add temporary seating so that all season ticket holders will be accomodated.

    ——————————————————————————————————————————————– so all 12 of them will get seats???

  41. tokyosandblaster says: May 10, 2013 2:02 PM

    Hopefully the Vikings can sell out THIS stadium without corporations buying up a bunch of seats.

    I mean, let’s hurry up and get Lambeau North built.

    We own the Vikings, so it’s really our stadium whenever we are there.

  42. purpblooded says: May 10, 2013 10:45 PM

    frankgarrett says:
    May 9, 2013 2:04 PM
    Viking’s Suck
    ———————
    frank…….not very nice of you! I wouldn’t say that about your team…….unless they’re the Packers.

  43. gdeli says: May 13, 2013 10:18 AM

    These stupid upgrades should be in the original stadium bo begin with. it’s mn for pete’s sake. It’s stupid and BAD planning on the u’s part. surprise surprise!

  44. danieladougan says: Jan 24, 2014 8:28 AM

    The whole stadium/arena/ballpark issue in Minnesota seems so silly to me.

    It was not that long ago that the Vikings, Twins and Gophers (football and baseball) all shared the Metrodome. Sure it wasn’t ideal, but they made it work. The building got tons of use and rarely sat idle.

    But then the Twins bolted for Target Field, and Gophers football bolted for TCF Bank Stadium. I’ve heard that Target Field is a great place to watch a game, but I can’t imagine it being very much fun for early-season games. If the Twins ever make it to the World Series again, I bet that will be awfully cold too.

    Now that the Vikings are getting a new venue, we all got a reminder of how it was still important for the Gophers to be able to play early-season baseball in there because it’s protected from the elements. So they made a few concessions to make the new venue work for baseball. It looks like a much better configuration than the Metrodome ever had. They proved it was possible to make a venue that works WELL for both football and baseball.

    Of course the new venue will also be strictly indoors, but for a little more money, they could have made a retractable roof for when the weather was nice (especially for summer baseball).

    If everyone involved would have cooperated, then everyone’s needs could have been met BETTER with one venue instead of three. I bet it’s not long before the Twins start scheduling cold-weather games in the new stadium because, you know, that makes actual sense.

    I also find it baffling that the Timberwolves/Lynx are so hell bent on renovating the Target Center when they could just as easily move over to Xcel Energy Center and share it with the Wild. They might want some minor changes to keep up to date, but nothing nearly as extensive as what they want for Target Center. Or the Wild could have moved into Target Center (contingent on some improvements) instead of getting a separate building. Target Center is not shrunken like Barclays Center or Bankers Life Fieldhouse — it can accommodate a hockey rink in the center of the floor instead of going off-center.

    Why do you folks in Minnesota need five stadiums that sit empty most of the time when two very good ones would work just fine? (You could even make an argument for basketball and hockey in the new dome, but that may be a stretch aside from the NCAA Tournament/Final Four or a Frozen Four.)

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