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Vikings finalize plans for upgrades to TCF Bank Stadium

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TCF Bank Stadium, home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, unexpectedly become a temporary home for the Minnesota Vikings after the roof collapsed at Mall of America field in December 2010 due to snow.

This time around the facility will be better equipped for the task.

The stadium will house the team for the next two seasons while a new building is constructed for the Vikings in Minneapolis. According to Ben Goessling of the team announced Thursday they’ve finalized agreements for $6.6 million worth of upgrades to TCF Bank Stadium prior to their arrival next fall.

Top priority on that list was a heated field after the miserable experience players endured playing on a turf that was frozen solid in 2010. Brett Favre left the game – the last of his career – after suffering a concussion after being slammed to the turf by Chicago Bears’ lineman Corey Wooten. Temperature for kickoff was in the low 20s and the field was rock hard.

In my day job of covering the Seahawks for Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle, I’ve asked receivers Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin what they remembered about playing in that game while a member of the Vikings. Both players called the game an awful experience.

In addition to a heated playing surface, the stadium will gain increased storage space and upgraded concourses and concessions. The team will also add 2,000 temporary bleacher seats to bring capacity to 52,000. Construction efforts for the upgrades is expected to begin in March and be completed by July.

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28 Responses to “Vikings finalize plans for upgrades to TCF Bank Stadium”
  1. packers7baller7shotcaller says: Feb 13, 2014 11:33 PM

    ayo, that TCF stadium ain’t too shabby and the new digs will be aight (so-so).

    anyway, i’m glad they got their little stadium and would’ve hated to see them leave

    because, i mean, they have to strive to be like us

    at the great lambo, the mighty packers

    (don’t hate bros)

    i ain’t a packer fan just cuz i got cheddar

    ‘dis your boy, packers baller shot caller

    i’m outti, peace y’all (deuces)

  2. edshrinker says: Feb 13, 2014 11:34 PM

    They might want to just let the Gophers play their NFL games as well. Can’t be any worse.

  3. thevikesarebest says: Feb 13, 2014 11:37 PM

    The VI KINGS will also finalize the beginning of our dynasty next season.SKOL

  4. shaggytoodle says: Feb 13, 2014 11:46 PM

    That will be the nicest stadium they have played in.

    Too bad it won’t help their W-L record.

  5. kloos366 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:51 PM

    Hopefully the outside will be the X factor the vikes need to get back to the playoffs

  6. Robert says: Feb 13, 2014 11:57 PM

    This will be their home for life, The Vikings just snagged TCF Stadium from the Gophers

  7. iamthorny says: Feb 13, 2014 11:59 PM

    It’s sad over 10k less fans will be able to experience the miserable weather and miserable football than used to in the Hump.

  8. f1restarter says: Feb 14, 2014 12:05 AM

    Now, this stadium will be home to TWO teams who regularly get their asses stomped by their rivals from the east.

  9. shaggytoodle says: Feb 14, 2014 12:08 AM

    The Gophers will have a better win % than the Vikings next season.

  10. meatcarroll says: Feb 14, 2014 12:21 AM

    Is it taxpayer subsidized? Stop corporate welfare!

  11. amazingguy101 says: Feb 14, 2014 12:26 AM

    Heated field isn’t that a requirement. NOT!

  12. stampnhawk says: Feb 14, 2014 12:39 AM

    Harvin and Rice’s comments about that night had little to do with the field conditions that evening, rather more to do with the organization and fans they were playing for and in front of.

  13. oldcracker says: Feb 14, 2014 2:13 AM

    A heated field for the Vikings? Home of Bud Grant? Bud Grant who used to say being cold was just a state of mind? Poor Bud must be turning in his grave!

  14. nfl4days says: Feb 14, 2014 2:36 AM

    Do they have any plans to upgrade the team?

  15. chmura97 says: Feb 14, 2014 6:34 AM

    The way football was meant to be played lamboo needs a lid on that trash can!

  16. gbfanforever says: Feb 14, 2014 6:53 AM

    Extra porta potties for the fans to puke in after watching the Viking QB play.

  17. rodgers2cobb says: Feb 14, 2014 7:35 AM

    Can’t wait to see what Aaron Rodgers TD passes look like at the Bank.

  18. whatjusthapped says: Feb 14, 2014 7:49 AM

    I don’t know about the additional 2,000 seats, did they pass this idea by 3-M and General Mills to see if they were willing to buy these extra seats to avoid the local blackouts?

  19. gbmickey says: Feb 14, 2014 8:20 AM

    Do any ex players have any fond memories playing for that team?

  20. TBaySlim says: Feb 14, 2014 8:33 AM

    nice to see the plan in place for the up grades, in 2010, the stadium was winterized and under a foot of snow when the vikings decided to try and play there an not loose another home game. The plan was hatched an carried out in less then 10 days they had to de-winterize the stadium, plow off the field and seating so considering it was done with next to no time at all i would say the field conditions were not great but now with 8 months before their 1st home game, i would say the conditions and preperation will be much better

  21. freeigwebuike says: Feb 14, 2014 8:54 AM

    Wow. More storage, awesome score for the U!

  22. purpleguy says: Feb 14, 2014 11:06 AM

    Maybe the Packers should schedule any future playoff games at the Bank since the fewer seats may actually ensure a sell-out.

  23. minnesnowda says: Feb 14, 2014 11:35 AM

    That’s already a really nice outdoor stadium, I’m excited to watch the Vikes at TCF this year.

  24. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Feb 14, 2014 1:28 PM

    I’m sure Brett Favre has many fond memories of playing there.. oh wait, maybe not,

  25. deltaoracle says: Feb 14, 2014 4:01 PM

    They’ll be able to REMOVE about 10,000 seats once the weather gets below freezing. TCF Bank on it.

  26. WI has no economy says: Feb 14, 2014 9:31 PM

    A heated field for the Vikings? Home of Bud Grant? Bud Grant who used to say being cold was just a state of mind? Poor Bud must be turning in his grave!
    contrary to popular belief, Bud Grant is actually still alive.. unlike the Economy in WI…..

  27. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:20 PM

    Sometimes I wonder why the Vikings are so bad at football. Other times I just sit back and enjoy it.

  28. lambeauandlombardi says: Feb 15, 2014 4:06 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Feb 14, 2014 11:06 AM

    Maybe the Packers should schedule any future playoff games at the Bank since the fewer seats may actually ensure a sell-out.
    Whereas the Vikings haven`t had to worry about selling playoff tickets as of late.

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