by Dan Rafter
The Minnesota Vikings began construction earlier this week on their new practice facility and team headquarters. If all goes according to plan, the Vikings’ new campus in Eagan, Minnesota, will open in March of 2018.
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company is the construction manager of the practice facility and headquarters, while Crawford Architects is the architecture company that designed the facilities’ plans.
“We are excited to get underway with the Vikings headquarters project,” said Kraus-Anderson Construction Company’s chief operating officer Al Gerhardt in a statement. “We are committed to delivering this project safely and on time and on budget.”
Construction on the practice facility and headquarters building follows the recent opening of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the NFL Vikings’ new stadium and a centerpiece of the massive Downtown East mixed-use project spearheaded by Ryan Companies US.
Mark Wilf, owner and president of the team, said that these facilities will provide the Vikings with all the tools they need to attract top players and become an even more financially successful organization.
“Constructing this world-class facility futhers our goals of building this football team for sustained success, developing long-term business relationships and ensuring our organization remains a strong community partner,” Wilf said in a statement.
Other partners in the project are Twin Cities Orthopedics — who are sponsoring the facilities and have received naming rights for its efforts — and the city of Eagan. The facilities will be known as the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center and TCO Stadium.
The new Vikings campus, about 40 acres, will include new administrative offices, an outdoor stadium with the capacity to seat 6,000, five outdoor practice fields, outdoor training areas and an indoor practice facility. The project also includes a media center, expanded locker room, cardiovascular and specialized speed rooms, hydrotherapy room, team auditorium and player meeting rooms.
The performance center and stadium will also be available to youth, high school and amateur athletics and other community events. Twin Cities Orthopedics has also announced that it will open an 88,000-square-foot full-service orthopedics center on the Eagan campus.