Vikings, University reach tentative deal over Vikings playing at TCF

by Kevin Burbach


The Vikings and the University of Minnesota have reached a tentative deal on details surrounding the Vikings playing at TCF Bank Stadium.

In a potential agreement, the University would add 3,000 temporary end zone seats to the 50,000 seats already in the stadium, said Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president for stadium development and public affairs in a Star Tribune blog.

“We have close to 53,000 season-ticket owners, so we’re trying to at least get to that,” said Bagley…“There’s some temporary seating that would be included in the agreement."

The team and the University also negotiated a tentative price-per-game agreement on how much the University would receive per game for allowing the Vikings to play while a new stadium is being built on, or adjacent to, the existing Metrodome site. According to the article, the price has not been announced. 

When the Vikings played in TCF Bank Stadium in December 2010, the team paid the University $1.7 million.

Last week, the Star Tribune wrote that a tentative agreement had been reached between the team, city and state. It has been speculated that a decision on stadium deal could be reached as early as this week, but nothing is confirmed.