TCF Bank Stadium was officially announced as the Vikings home turf, potentially as soon as 2013.
“The Minnesota Vikings are an important asset to the state and we were pleased to work with them on reaching a mutually beneficial arrangement to host them on our campus,” said University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler. “The Vikings will remain part of the Twin Cities region during construction of their new stadium, while the proceeds from this arrangement will be invested in our athletic department to enhance Gopher sports.”
The agreement states that the Vikings will pay the University of Minnesota $250,000 per game, plus another $50,000 per game for concessions and sponsorship income. In all, it will cost the Vikings $3 million dollars per season.
Of course some accommodations will need to be made to a stadium that holds only 50,720. Temporary bleacher seats will be added in the western end zone plaza.
One thing is for sure in a stadium of this size, it will be packed every Sunday. I’ve been to TCF Bank Stadium, and it’s one of those stadiums that sits on top of itself. There’s quite a bit packed into one area, which insures that Vikings games will be loud as hell.
TCF Bank Stadium is the best temporary option for the Vikings, because it starts a new chapter for them. It will signify the start of a new beginning in franchise history, and they can finally put the Metrodome behind them. Of course it’s just a small step on the way to the new stadium, but a step in the right direction none the less.