The Minnesota Vikings’ vision for a multi-purpose, masterpiece practice facility in Eagan is coming together
The team gathered media on Wednesday for an update on the latest surrounding the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. Here are five key things to know from the presentation.
– Training Camp
COO Kevin Warren said the contract between the team and Mankato includes an option to allow the Vikings out of the deal in December. While Warren said that no decisions have been made, it appears to be a foregone conclusion that the Vikings will be holding their camp at TCO Performance Center after 2018.
– Technology, five fields
The words state-of-the-art get thrown around a lot, but this facility is deserving of that title. Just to name a few of the technological upgrades: The practice fields will be wired so tape can immediately be sent from the field to the film room, two fields will be heated for outdoor winter practices, the Vikings will have a year-round draft “war room,” the team will have an auditorium for film sessions, plus hydrotherapy, recovery and “speed” rooms.
The Vikings are also putting a focus on team-created content by creating the “best production studio in the NFL,” that can even be used to record interviews etc. in front of a live audience.
– Seattle Seahawks? Oregon Ducks? EPL? Google Campus?
The Vikings say that elements of the new practice facility – and really home base for all operations – were borrowed from all types of places, including other NFL teams like the Seahawks and college facilities like Oregon’s. Check out the Ducks’ incredible practice complex:
The Google Campus part comes here: The total development in Eagan includes more than just a football compound. The plan is to also include a hotel and conference center plus apartments and housing. That means it will be possible for Vikings players to live where they work and, the team hopes, will result in players staying year round to work out in Minnesota even if they usually workout elsewhere. Twin Cities Orthopedics also will open two new buildings on the property.
“We’re really excited about the amenities from a ‘live, work, play’ standpoint that are going to be on this,” Vikings Executive VP & CFO Steve Poppen said.
– High School sports
On the facility’s campus will be a fully-functional high school-size football stadium that seats around 6,000 fans. The plan is to create a “Friday Night Lights” series with local high school teams and to host events like Prep Bowl playoffs. It mostly will be used for football – including at the youth level – but will be designed to host lacrosse, soccer and rugby.
The facility is expected to open March 2018. That will give the Vikings the opportunity to host all of their ’18 offseason workouts, rookie mini camps and OTAs at the facility before possibly hosting training camp there.
This is where we stand right now:
If you're wondering, this is the current state of the Vikings indoor practice facility pic.twitter.com/lGoDZGDXnb
— Matthew Coller (@MatthewColler) May 17, 2017