NFL news: Minnesota Vikings get new stadium, will play outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium in 2014 2015
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: February 20, 2013 9:02pm
The Minnesota Vikings will spend two seasons playing outdoors at a temporary home while construction of their new stadium is completed.
The Vikings have announced that local company Mortenson Construction has been selected to build their much-needed new stadium, but it will take some time until it is ready.
The upcoming 2013 season will be the last the Vikings will play at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, lately called Mall of America Field, which has been their home for 31 years.
Since the new stadium will be built on the site of the old one in downtown Minneapolis, the Vikings will need to play elsewhere for two years while the construction work takes place.
The Vikings will now spend two seasons at the TCF Bank Stadium, the outdoor home of the University of Minnesota.
TCF Bank Stadium also played host to the Vikings in 2010 when the roof of the Metrodome collapsed during a snow storm.
While the temporary home is a mere 10 minutes away, it will be a huge change for fans and players alike, given they will now be exposed to the freezing temperatures in the area during the football season.
The Metrodome will be demolished in 2014
Mortenson Construction, who have built the local stadiums for the Minnesota Twins in the MLB and Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA, will now add the $975m NFL stadium and could also be used to upgrade TCF Bank Stadium to meet NFL standards.
The plan is for the Metrodome to be torn down in February 2014 and for the new stadium to be opened on July 1, 2016.
Vikings owners want a retractable roof to be included, and that will be the next big decision to be made to see if that can come in within the budget.
The move still represents a big change coming for the Vikings, with there being a huge difference between indoor football on turf and outdoor football at the mercy of the weather.