We don't know when a new Vikings' stadium is going to be constructed. . .or where. . .or really even if, at this point. But, by golly, when it does finally happen, the Minnesota Vikings have a place to play while it's being built. Yesterday, the team reached an agreement with the University of Minnesota to play at TCF Bank Stadium during the construction of any new stadium for the Vikings.
While declining to say how much the Vikings would pay per game, Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said Monday that the tentative agreement would add roughly 3,000 temporary end zone seats to the university's 50,000-seat stadium. "We have close to 53,000 season-ticket owners, so we're trying to at least get to that," said Bagley, the team's vice president for stadium development and public affairs..
Other details still need to be resolved before the plan can be finalized, Bagley said Monday. "I'd say there's an agreement in principle there, but formal signoff is yet to occur between the Vikings and the university," he said.
Nobody knows for sure how long the Vikings would have to play at TCF Bank Stadium. . .if the new stadium gets built adjacent to the Metrodome, as has been recently discussed, it sounds like they would only have to play there for the 2015 season, being able to stay at the Metrodome in 2013 and 2014 while the majority of the new facility goes up.
So, we have another agreement. Here's hoping that at least some of this stuff can get finalized in the near future.