Per the team’s official website, the Minnesota Vikings’ new indoor practice facility is now fully constructed.
The building, one of the most recently completed structures of the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, is roughly 91,000 square feet. The design has similar elements to U.S. Bank Stadium as natural light is allowed in through windows on the side of the building.
The facility features a 98-foot tall roof to allow for kicker and punter utilization. Other modern features include built-in video bays, scoreboards, play clocks and speakers that the team can use as aides during practice. Winter Park, the Vikings’ “old” practice facility in Eden Prairie, has an indoor field with a 73-foot ceiling — not quite tall enough for punters.
Coaches, players and staff are scheduled to move into the TCO Performance Center in less than two weeks. The 40-acre compound will serve as the new base for Vikings operations, as well as the new location for training camp. For 52 seasons the team has commuted to the Minnesota State University campus in Mankato for the preseason tune-up.
The 6,500-seat outdoor field (TCO Stadium) is still under construction. Once the team’s new headquarters in Eagan is complete, the franchise will boast some of the finest facilities in professional sports. That will undoubtedly be emphasized when the Vikings attempt to lure free agents to Minnesota beginning Wednesday, March 14th.