EAGAN, Minn. (KMSP) - The Minnesota Vikings celebrated the development of their new 40-acre headquarters Monday in Eagan.
The future headquarters and training facility features a locker room, weight room, cafeteria, auditorium, media center and, of course, the indoor practice facility.
“When you stand here, you get the feeling that this is a campus, and that was the whole goal,” said Vikings COO Kevin Warren. “We'll have everyone under one roof and under one location.”
Equipped with a 6,500 seat stadium with its own locker rooms and press box, the facility is also set to host some high school football.
“So this fall of 2018 - one year from now - we anticipate hosting the quarter final playoffs which have to be played at a neutral site,” said Lester Bagley, executive vice president of public affairs for the Vikings.
On our tour inside the headquarters - called the TCO Performance Center - much of it looks down on that field.
“And with this up on a Friday night... you can imagine what that'll mean to young players to play at TCO Performance Center and be out on that field, especially while our Vikings players train,” Warren said.
The expansive facility is twice the size of Winter Park with a 3-story that runs down the middle.
On one side is the field house and on the other side, rooms like the auditorium, which also has their TV studio.
The team dining room also overlooks the stadium.
In four months, the team will say goodbye to Winter Park.
“But we feel right now is the right time to move on and to move into the 21st century and reward our players and fans and community with a great facility,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said.