This Vikings franchise isn’t done building.
On a unanimous vote Tuesday, Eagan City Council approved plans for a new team headquarters, practice facilities and more on a 185-acre site, which formerly housed Northwest Airlines, located just south of Interstate 494. The means at Winter Park, their Eden Prairie home for 35 years, have become outdated with the team calling for more space and better technology.
As they prepare to open U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis this summer, they’ll break ground on the new facilities in Eagan. A target move-in date is set for spring 2018, just shortly after the Super Bowl is held at the Vikings $1.1 billion home. Construction will begin within the next several weeks, followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking later this summer.
It’s expected to take place over 10 to 15 years, starting with a 40-acre focus that will include the team’s upgraded facilities, including five outdoor fields, an outdoor stadium, an indoor practice field, and an expanded locker room, training areas and offices. The team has further plans to expand into retail, residential, hospitality and a conference center.
The 51st consecutive Vikings training camp will take place in Mankato this summer. The team recently signed a three-year deal to remain at Minnesota State University through 2018.