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Modifications Underway at TCF Bank Stadium as Crews Remove Turf

Updated: 04/16/2014 3:27 PM
Created: 04/15/2014 12:12 PM KSTP.com
By: Katherine Johnson

Any time you buy a new home you're bound to do some renovations. Even though the Vikings are only renting TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota for the next two years, the team is paying for some upgrades, too.

Crews are removing the turf to install a much anticipated heated field. The new field should make for a safer game by softening the ground in the winter and helping players avoid injuries and concussions when they hit the ground.

This is the first step in a $6.6 million renovation process, paid for by the Vikings. The team will also pay for updates to concessions at "The Bank" in addition to adding 2,000 bleacher seats, bringing the stadium capacity to 52,000 seats.

The Gophers will not only benefit from using a heated field in the future, but the University of Minnesota expects to make about $3 million - from concession sales, sponsorship deals and rent - for each season the Vikings use the facility.

The heated field will be installed by June, just in time for the Vikings to move in this summer.


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