MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents voted unanimously to endorse a list of changes and improvements for TCF Stadium so the Vikings can play there while a new football complex is being built downtown.
Among the changes OK'd by regents:
- Replacement of existing artificial turf to allow changes to markings, logos, etc. to accommodate both the Vikings and University needs and the removal and installation of a new artificial turf field after the Vikings use ends.
- ? Installation of a field heating system.
- ? Winterization of numerous spaces throughout the building.
- ? Build-out of existing 8,000 SF shelled space for storage needs
- ? Additional camera platforms and data wiring for NFL requirement
- Removal of planting area to install temporary bleachers
The Vikings say the changes are driven by specific requirements of the National Football League (NFL), and the need to operate the stadium into December and possibly January of each season. TCF Bank Stadium was designed originally to be operated through the end of November. Areas of the stadium will require winterization to protect systems from freezing and potentially damaging the building. .
The new Vikings stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2016-2017 season.