After a year of speculation, it looks like the specifics of the deal for the Minnesota Vikings to use TCF Bank Stadium, are finally in place. The Vikings have agreed to pay the University of Minnesota $300k per game for use of the stadium during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
In addition, the Vikings are responsible to pay the university for all stadium upgrades and operational expenses. Obviously, it will take some money to get the stadium NFL-ready, and it’s estimated those costs could run another $6 million.
Seating is also a hot button issue, as TCF Bank Stadium only holds 50,000 people. So far, there’s also a plan in place to add nearly another 5,000 temporary seats, each gameday. However, this would still put TCF about 9,000 seats behind the Metrodome.
What about booze? Not to worry, alcohol sales will be allowed.
So is TCF Bank Stadium the ideal solution for the Vikings while their new home is built? No, it’d be nice to have the team in the Metrodome for three more years, but it’s just not possible.
The Vikings will make TCF into the best NFL experience they can for the fans. Once they get all the stadium signs up, and the field painted every Sunday, fans won’t even remember the old Metrodome. TCF stadium is new and in great condition, and as someone who’s taken in a game there, I can assure fans there are no bad seats in the house.
But the whole ‘out in the open on a mid-December day thing,’ might take a little getting used to.
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