Vikings' renovations at TCF Bank Stadium begin on Monday
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The Gophers wrapped up the spring football schedule with their annual spring game on Saturday. Two days later, that same field is being torn up to begin renovations for the Minnesota Vikings.
Day 1 of field renovation project. All turf will be removed by Friday. pic.twitter.com/L554wXcAlI— TCF Bank Stadium (@TCFBankStadium) April 14, 2014
Budgeted in the near $1 billion funds for the new stadium, the Vikings will pay for $6.6 million in upgrades to the current 50,805-seat college stadium. The first phase began on Monday to create a "hydronic heated field" that will also include a replacement of the artificial turf that has hosted five college football seasons, among other events, since the stadium opened in 2009.
The current field is scheduled to be completely removed by Friday.
Other upgrades for the Vikings, who will play the 2014 and 2015 seasons on the 'U' campus, will also include stadium modifications to increase storage, accommodate NFL-sized media contingents and additional heating for various areas within the stadium. TCF Bank Stadium will also receive upgraded concessions in the stadium's concourses and the Vikings will install temporary seating to fit about 2,000 more fans.