Updated: 05/16/2014 4:42 PM
Created: 05/16/2014 3:37 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert
Crews continue to transform the home of the Minnesota Gophers football team ahead of shared occupancy with the Minnesota Vikings this fall.
TCF Bank Stadium is experiencing a number of physical changes this spring and summer prior to hosting college and professional football games for the next two seasons. The most recent addition is a hydronic heating system, which crews have spent the last two weeks constructing.
The heated field will be installed by June, just in time for the Vikings to move in this summer.
Starting overlay process on west end pic.twitter.com/8gVIaV9MYN— TCF Bank Stadium (@TCFBankStadium) May 6, 2014
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.
TCF will host both teams on the same weekend only once this season, October 11 and 12 when the Gophers play Northwestern and the Vikings host Detroit.
The Vikings open the preseason on Friday, August 8, against the Oakland Raiders. The team's first home game of the regular season is Sunday, Sept. 14, and final home game of the regular season is Sunday, Dec. 28.
The Gophers open the regular season on Thursday, August 28, against Eastern Illinois and finish the home portion of the schedule on Saturday, Nov. 15, against Ohio State.