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Renovations begin for Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium

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The Metrodome is no longer and the Minnesota Vikings will have a temporary home for the next two seasons while their new stadium is being constructed.

TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota will host the team for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. With the Golden Gophers spring game now in the rear-view mirror, renovations to the facility have begun as part of $6.6 million worth of improvements to the site.

According to Rochelle Olson of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the process of removing the turf field from the stadium has already begun and is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

The stadium has previously hosted the Vikings on a temporary basis after the roof collapsed at the Metrodome in December 2010. It was also the site of the last game of Brett Favre’s career.

Favre left the game after suffering a concussion being slammed to the turf by Chicago Bears’ lineman Corey Wooten. With temperatures in the 20s, the artificial field was rock hard. Adding a new heated playing surface is among the list of improvements to the stadium to make it suitable for play in December, and theoretically January.

The cost of the upgrades comes from the pie allocated for the construction of the Vikings’ new stadium, which is set to open in the fall of 2016.

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16 Responses to “Renovations begin for Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 14, 2014 11:38 PM

    Awesome. It shall be called the palace of mediocrity, and ne’er shall a championship be celebrated there.


  2. kosmokenny says: Apr 14, 2014 11:42 PM

    You guys should find out if this affects Larry Fitzgeralds training camp he holds there every summer

  3. skolisstupid says: Apr 15, 2014 12:47 AM

    Vikings deserve the best stadium ever. Due to their rich history of winning. 18 division titles, mall of America, ice fishing & skol.

  4. Celebrity Man Guy says: Apr 15, 2014 12:59 AM

    TCF Bank Stadium makes Lambeau Field look like a vacant lot.

  5. sconnyslovethemsomecousins says: Apr 15, 2014 1:03 AM

    That will be nice, but it’s not as exciting as the big renovation news coming from Wisconsin. Fleet Farm is doubling the size of their Green Bay location in order to double the width of each isle in the store. The end result will finally allow shopper traffic to flow both ways at once throughout each isle. Unheard of for Wisconsin! Packer fans rejoice!

  6. blackbeard43 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:20 AM

    Heated field? It’s football for chrissakes!

  7. respectgsh says: Apr 15, 2014 2:58 AM

    So Corey Wooton gets to play 16 games at the site of his greatest moment as a football player, maybe that’s why he chose the Vikes, well that or the cash.

  8. notwithkubiak says: Apr 15, 2014 6:44 AM

    Available in January? for what? a hockey game? a giant skating rink? Certainly not for any Vikings playoff games..

  9. jimmysee says: Apr 15, 2014 7:54 AM

    Vikings don’t have to worry about playing at home in January.

  10. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 15, 2014 9:18 AM

    The stadiums may change, but the hapless and tasteless results won’t.

  11. purpleguy says: Apr 15, 2014 10:29 AM

    Interestingly, the Gophers have more national and big ten championships than the Badgers, so at least the stadium houses more such trophies than the college stadium to the east.

  12. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 15, 2014 12:13 PM

    Good point. Even those Gopher thingies are better than the Vikings.

  13. mortwannabe says: Apr 15, 2014 12:25 PM

    Wouldn’t worry about any playoff games in January.

  14. obsessedvikingfan says: Apr 15, 2014 2:25 PM

    Hope to see a game there.

  15. mymazdaluvsme says: Apr 15, 2014 2:29 PM

    The packers don’t even have cheerleaders.. what a boring team that fails bc its built around one good player.

  16. mediasloppy says: Apr 15, 2014 4:37 PM

    That Stadium is better than a lot of NFL Stadiums right now.

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