Frequently Asked Questions


New Vikings Stadium Construction

After getting both the stadium architect (HKS Sports and Entertainment Group) and builder (Mortenson Construction) on board, the stadium’s schematic design was unveiled on May 13, 2013. In Fall 2013, 100% design documents were finalized and the stadium design and construction group established a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of $763 million for construction. An exciting ceremonial groundbreaking took place on December 3, 2013, in front of approximately 600 state and local leaders, business and labor representatives and Vikings fans. Excavation work is now approximately 50% complete (400,000 cubic yards of a total 850,000 cubic yards of dirt has been removed), and the Metrodome’s demolition is near completion. Meanwhile, construction is proceeding in a counter-clockwise direction. You can watch construction live here.
The Metrodome had the power turned off on January 18, 2014, at which time the roof deflated for the fifth and final time. Shortly after, the demolition process began. View a time lapse of deflation here, and while it won’t be officially compete until April 2014, the building is all but gone to the naked eye.
December 2013 – Groundbreaking January 2014 – Demolition of Metrodome/Concrete frame assembly begins August 2014 – Steel installation begins Fall 2015 – ETFE roof installation begins End of 2015 – Stadium is fully enclosed with heating July 2016 – New stadium opens
In early 2013, the Vikings and the University of Minnesota negotiated a use agreement allowing the Vikings to play the 2014 and 2015 seasons at TCF Bank Stadium on the university’s campus.
From day one, a top priority for both the Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) has not only been to build the best multi-purpose stadium in the country, but also to have a positive impact for Minnesota companies and workers. Without being required by legislation, HKS, the Vikings and the MSFA brought on nearly 20 Minnesota companies or individuals as design subcontractors in areas like interior and exterior design, landscaping, structural engineering and more. The stadium’s construction manager, Mortenson Construction, is based in Golden Valley, MN, and the nearly 4.3 million work hours will go primarily to Minnesota construction workers. Whenever possible, local materials will be used throughout this project. For example, the glass and glazed curtain walls on the stadium’s exterior will likely be manufactured by a Minnesota-based company. Other local products like kasota stone will likely be used for exterior signage or security perimeters, and with various interior design elements and needs, the project group will ensure that Minnesota companies have the opportunity to bid on this project.
Yes, Mortenson Construction has announced the following recycling facts related to the ongoing demolition process:
  • More than 80% of the Metrodome’s steel and concrete will be recycled.
  • 80,000 tons of concrete will be recycled for use in other building projects.
  • 2,500 tons of structural steel have been reclaimed and are being prepped for recycling off-site; 2,000 tons of steel remain in the existing structure and will be recycled.
  • 25 tons of precious metals have been recycled.
  • 300 tons of roof cables have been recycled.
  • 120 tons (240,000 pounds) of cast iron and 75 tons (150,000) pounds of plastic have been recycled from the Metrodome seats that were not sold.
Yes, the Vikings have engaged EarthCam to provide three stadium cameras – one live-streaming camera and two high-definition megapixel time-lapse cameras – to document the progress on the stadium project. Each camera will offer a unique perspective of the site from the north, south and west sides, enabling project teams to view activity remotely in real-time while documenting the entire process for time-lapse photography.

New Vikings Stadium Design/Fan Experience

The new Vikings stadium will provide several unique features compared to all other NFL stadiums, including the largest transparent ethylene-tetraflouroethylene (ETFE) roof in the nation and five 95-foot high pivoting glass doors that will open to a nearly three-acre plaza and the Minneapolis downtown skyline. With the stadium’s openness, fans will experience an outdoor feel in a climate-controlled environment. Vikings fans will also be as close to the action as any NFL stadium, with seats just 41 feet from the sideline. Seven levels in the stadium, including two general admission concourses with 360-degree circulation and various views into the bowl, will be connected via escalators, elevators, stairs and a continuous ramp. Two of the largest and highest-quality HD video boards in the NFL will be located in both the east and west end zones, and over 2,000 HD flat screen televisions will be distributed throughout the stadium. Fans will enjoy wider concourses, more restrooms, increased and enhanced concessions, accessibility for fans with disabilities and ample space for pre-game events and activities. The stadium will also include a Vikings Hall of Legends and a team store. Click here for a list of stadium design elements.
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ETFE is a co-polymer resin that is extruded into a thin film. The plastic-like material is transparent but can be treated to be translucent, is extremely lightweight, very durable and resistant to corrosion. In an architectural application, ETFE is typically used in a multi-layer pneumatic system.
ETFE does not degrade with exposure to UV light, atmospheric pollution or extreme temperatures. The material has withstood extensive testing within extreme environments, and is expected to have a 30-50 year life expectancy while requiring minimal maintenance.
Despite its weight (1/100 the weight of glass), ETFE handles snow/wind loads very well. In sheet form, it can stretch three times its length without losing elasticity.
ETFE systems are extremely low maintenance. The surface of the foil is non-stick and non-porous, which allows the natural action of rain to clean the surface. Deposits of dirt, dust and debris remain unattached and are washed away in the rain, meaning ETFE effectively self-cleans with virtually no need to clean externally.
Several characteristics of this roof are designed for Minnesota’s climate. First, the slope of the stadium – rising from approximately 205 feet from grade in the east to 272 feet high in the west – will give the building a unique ability to shed snow. Secondly, the translucent ETFE material will allow more sunlight and radiant heat through the roof, which combined with the natural rise of heat from inside the stadium will help melt the snow and ice. Diverters will redirect it into gutters and collection basins located on the edges of the roof, keeping snow and ice from falling to the ground below.
WaterCube – Beijing, China Eden Project – Cornwall, UK Forsyth Barr Stadium – Dunedin, New Zealand Allianz Arena – Munich, Germany
While the final determination on the ETFE’s effect on crowd noise is still being studied, architects fully expect this to be a very loud stadium. The stadium is entirely enclosed, including one half of the roof being a metal deck. Furthermore, with the closest fans just 41 feet from the sideline, Vikings fans will be as close to the action as any NFL stadium. The reality is that fans truly make the difference in terms of noise, which is why stadiums like the Metrodome, Green Bay’s Lambeau Field and Seattle’s CenturyLink Field are some of the toughest for visiting teams to have success.
The Vikings understand how important tailgating is for many fans, and the team is committed to ensuring that the tradition continues when the new stadium opens in 2016. Representatives from the Vikings are currently working with the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding neighborhoods in an effort to expand the City’s existing tailgating zone per the agreement between the State of Minnesota, the City and the Vikings that shaped the final 2012 stadium legislation.
Yes, the current design calls for 658 wheelchair and companion seats to be located throughout all seating levels of the stadium (in comparison, the Mall of America Field had 190 wheelchair and companion seats). That number does not include the accessible seating within the suites, loge spaces and club spaces, or an approximate 140 additional wheelchair spaces. The new stadium will comply with all federal ADA requirements and will be designed to allow patrons with disabilities to enjoy the comforts and amenities of the building.
The Vikings and the Stadium Authority are committed to working with the architect and construction manager to make the stadium as environmentally and energy efficient as possible. The project design and construction group is striving to build a stadium that is eligible to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

New Stadium Cost and Financing

The total project cost will be $975 million, which includes a Guaranteed Maximum Price of $763 million toward the cost of construction. Additional costs include land acquisition and remediation, administrative fees, contractor fees, etc. The Vikings have also already committed an additional $26.4 million in contingency funding and announced they will cover $15 million in costs of playing at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings have agreed to this additional financial commitment in order to ensure that design elements related to the fan experience are kept in the final project.
Of the project’s $975 million upfront capital costs, $477 million, or 49% of the stadium cost, will be paid by private funds made up of a combination of Vikings private financing and equity and the MSFA’s sale of Stadium Builder’s Licenses (SBLs). The Vikings private financing and equity includes certain NFL financing in the form of a loan repaid by stadium revenues. The Stadium Builder’s Licenses program was authorized by the Minnesota legislature in the 2012 stadium legislation (for more on SBLs, click here). The remaining $498 million public contribution will be split between the City of Minneapolis ($150 million) and the State of Minnesota ($348 million). The State has issued appropriation bonds in an approximate amount of $462 million and will finance the remainder of the $498 million public contribution with available State funds. The stadium legislation provides that the City’s $150 million contribution will be advanced to the MSFA through the issuance of the appropriation bonds and will be repaid by the City to the State by redirecting a portion of the current “Convention Center Taxes.” The remaining amount of the appropriation bonds will be repaid to the bondholders from other sources available to the state, including the modernization of state-authorized charitable gaming that includes electronic pull-tabs and bingo and a one-time inventory tax on cigarettes, which raised approximately $36 million.

NEW STADIUM OPERATION AND USES

The stadium will be owned and operated by the MSFA, a public body and political subdivision of the State of Minnesota. This public body is made up of three appointees by the governor and two by the mayor of Minneapolis and includes the following individuals: MSFA Board Michele Kelm Helgen, Chair Bill McCarthy, Vice Chair – President, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation Duane Benson, Treasurer – former State Senator and NFL alum Barbara Butts-Williams, PhD – Dean of Business, School of Business and Technology, Capella University John Griffith – Executive Vice President of Property Development, Target MSFA Executive Staff Ted Mondale, CEO/Executive Director The MSFA and the Vikings together will approve a third-party operator to manage the stadium and parking facilities in accordance with the requirements of the MSFA, which include developing an operating plan and operating budget.
The Stadium will require approximately $17.5 million annually for operating expenses/capital improvement funding, excluding approximately $3-$4.5 million of Vikings game-day operating expenses, which gives an approximate total annual amount of $20.5-$22 million. Of this, the Vikings have committed to contribute $8.5 million for operating expenses (rent), $1.5 million for capital improvements, approximately $3-$4.5 million for game-day expenses for a total of $13-$14.5 million, or 63%. The City of Minneapolis will cover the remaining $7.5 million annually.
The Vikings and the MSFA will maximize the use of the stadium by attracting events that create economical, fiscal and social benefits to the State and local communities, including NCAA competitions, a Super Bowl, college bowl games, concerts, civic, community and not-for-profit events. The Minneapolis-St. Paul market and the new stadium have already been selected by NFL team owners as one of three finalists to host Super Bowl LII (February 4, 2018) and one of eight finalists to host the NCAA Final Four in 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020. While the goal will be to attract major events, the MSFA will continue to host activities consistent with historic operations of the Metrodome, including high school and amateur sports and other community events.
The new stadium has been designed to accommodate Major League Soccer (MLS), including a soccer pitch that will be 121×72 yards, typical for MLS facilities. MLS was an important issue for the Vikings, and the Vikings ensured that an opportunity to bring an MLS team into the stadium was included in the stadium legislation. MLS has plans to expand to 24 teams by 2020. Conversations regarding securing a soccer team for this market continue between Vikings representatives and Major League Soccer.

VIKINGS 2014 AND 2015 SEASONS AT UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Season Ticket Members were assigned seats in TCF Bank Stadium based on the following factors:
  • 2013 Mall of America Field seat location(s)
  • Number of current seats (by year purchased, if multiple seats)
  • Season Ticket Member tenure (seniority) – consecutive years of season ticket purchases
To maintain objectivity and treat all parties as fairly as possible, computer simulation models using the above factors and designed to replicate seat patterns from Mall of America Field to TCF Bank Stadium were utilized in the seat assignment process. It is important to note, however, that the seating configurations between the two stadiums are very unique. For example, the lower bowl at TCF Bank Stadium has 7,000 fewer seats than the lower bowl at Mall of America Field. There are also fewer seats per section, fewer aisle seats and fewer seats per row. Despite those challenges, the Vikings tried to transfer seating in the fairest way possible.
The Vikings visited and consulted with NFL teams that have faced similar stadium moves to learn best practices involved with this type of project. The team also hired Turnstyle Ticketing, who has handled a number of relocations, to help guide the process. From this information and having listened carefully to Season Ticket Members in a variety of forums, the Vikings developed a straightforward and fair relocation process.
The seating configurations at Mall of America Field and TCF are very unique, making the seats not as easily transferable. The major obstacle was the difference in capacity of approximately 12,000 seats between the two venues. However, the Vikings believe the relocation process that was developed is straightforward, fair and equitable.
Yes, all current Season Ticket Members who wish to renew at the University have been accommodated.
No, the seat selection priority at the new Vikings stadium will be based on a fan’s 2013 seat location at Mall of America Field.
Yes, consistent with past renewal procedures, a seat relocation request opportunity exists for TCF Bank Stadium.
No, the new stadium SBL program is independent of the Vikings’ two seasons at the University of Minnesota.
No, current Season Ticket Members at Mall of America Field will receive priority over new fans on a waitlist and the general public. Fans who do make the transition to TCF Bank Stadium should be rewarded, which is why they will receive the first priority within their seating section when selecting seats at the new stadium. However, the Vikings understand and respect that some fans who were Season Ticket Members at Mall of America Field in 2013 will choose not to renew at TCF Bank Stadium and the team certainly will not penalize them for that. The impact on those fans with the new stadium will be extremely minimal; they will still receive seat selection priority over new fans on a waiting list.
The nine ticket price options range from $35-139. Some fans will see an increase in prices and some will see a decrease based on the difference in stadiums and the seat allocation process.
Yes, fans will have an opportunity to purchase seat backs like they do for Gophers games. The Vikings are working through that process as well.
The list of modifications, among other items, includes a hydronic heated field, increased storage space throughout the facility, heating for various areas within the stadium, and concession upgrades in the stadium’s concourses. The Vikings will also install temporary bleachers to accommodate approximately 2,000 additional fans, bringing the total capacity to TCF Bank Stadium above 52,000. Construction is expected to begin at the beginning of March and will be completed in July.
The Vikings have initiated conversations with University officials regarding tailgating and will have more information related to that issue later this spring. The Vikings envision tailgating to look similar to what it currently does for Gopher football games.
The Vikings have initiated conversations with University officials regarding the entire parking plan and will have more information related to that issue later this spring.

NEW STADIUM TICKETS AND STADIUM BUILDER’S LICENSES

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Yes, the Vikings have developed a fair system based on Season Ticket Members’ current status and 2013 location at Mall of America Field that ensures Season Ticket Members will have priority for seats at the new stadium. Current Season Ticket Members during the 2013 season at Mall of America Field will receive seat selection priority over new fans on the waiting list for the new stadium.
Minnesota Vikings Season Ticket Members will have the first opportunity to purchase SBLs in the New Minnesota Stadium. Season Ticket Members will begin to receive their invitations to visit the preview center based on their 2013 seating locations in Mall of America Field. For more details, please call 612-33-VIKES to speak with a new stadium representative today or click here for more information.
The Vikings will work to ensure each current Mall of America Field Season Ticket Member is offered an opportunity to purchase seats in a comparable location in the new stadium. Given that the new Vikings stadium will have more seats on the sidelines and more seating options than the current stadium, fans should have an opportunity to select a location that fits their preference and budget.
Yes, fans who are interested in receiving the latest updates throughout construction and/or would like specific information on certain seating types or want to join our Waiting List can click here.
Yes, Vikings Season Ticket Members and others can see, touch, and feel the new stadium at a new stadium Preview Center, which opened in March, 2014. Every Season Ticket Member will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with a personal sales consultant at the Preview Center to discuss benefits and seating options at the new stadium.
A Stadium Builder’s License (SBL) is a one-time contribution that grants Season Ticket Members the right to control their seats for a defined term as long as they continue to purchase Vikings season tickets. SBLs are used to help finance construction of new stadiums; programs have been used as a finance tool for half of all stadium projects in the NFL.
SBLs are used to help finance construction of new stadiums; programs have been used as a finance tool for half of all stadium projects in the NFL. The economics of new stadium construction require a partnership between the state and local governments, the team and the fans. This new stadium cannot be accomplished without the support of fans, and in previous SBL programs around the country, fans have had a positive experience with SBLs.
All net proceeds from SBL programs are directed toward construction costs of the new stadium and stadium infrastructure.
  • Grants the right to a Season Ticket Member to control his/her seats for a defined term as long as he/she continues to purchase Vikings season tickets
  • Ability to hold, transfer or sell the SBL as fan sees fit after first year of the stadium’s opening
  • First right to purchase playoff tickets to Vikings home games
  • Opportunity to purchase individual game tickets before the general public
Prior to this project, 16 stadiums that serve as the homes for 17 NFL teams have used SBL programs as a project finance tool. Most recently, new stadiums for the Cowboys, 49ers, Jets and Giants were significantly funded by SBL programs. These stadiums have SBL prices that are more than three-four times higher than the program being discussed in this market. For a market comparison, click here.
The following parameters were established as the initial step in developing and introducing a Stadium Builder’s License program:
  • 25% of stadium capacity, including more than 12,000 seats in the stadium bowl, will not include an SBL
  • Various pricing zones will be established, including some as low as $500
  • Approximately 10,000 seats with an SBL will be priced at $1,000 or less
  • Expected average SBL price will be $2,500
  • Approximately 80% of seats with SBLs will be priced at $3,000 or less
  • Maximum price for an individual SBL will be no higher than $9,500
For all of the SBL pricing options, click here.
Yes, the SBL program will include two financing options for Season Ticket Members to make easier, interest-free payments:
  1. An equal installment payment plan, with a down payment due at signing and interest-free payments prior to the anticipated opening date of the stadium.
  2. A finance plan over multiple years, with a down payment due at signing, interest-free payments prior to the stadium’s anticipated opening date, and payments with interest available for five years after the stadium’s opening.
The SBL will belong to the fan who purchases it to hold it, transfer it, or sell it how he/she sees fit after the first year of the stadium’s opening.
This program is priced three-four times lower than the four most recent programs and is very much in line with programs developed in markets similar to Minneapolis-St. Paul. In 2003 the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers developed programs that in today’s dollars would be in line with the parameters of the program agreed to by the Vikings and MSFA.The most recent SBL programs (adjusted for inflation for 2016) include:
  • Dallas Cowboys (2009) – $651 million
  • San Francisco 49ers (2014) – $500 million
  • New York Giants (2010) – $439 million
  • New York Jets (2010) – $375 million
  • Minnesota Vikings (2016) – $125 million *Stadium opening in parentheses
In markets similar to Minneapolis-St. Paul, the following programs (adjusted for inflation for 2016) were utilized:
  • St. Louis Rams (1995) – $129 million
  • Green Bay Packers (2003) – $127 million
  • Chicago Bears (2003) – $97 million *Stadium opening in parentheses
For a complete comparison chart of SBL programs, click here.
Extensive research was conducted with existing Vikings Season Ticket Members, previous single-game ticket buyers, premium seat holders, existing and potential team sponsors and the general public, which showed that an SBL program is very viable in Minnesota. In fact, the research showed this market could sustain a program of $200 million or higher. However, the MSFA, in consultation with the Vikings, developed parameters for a maximum gross program of $125 million, which is a reasonable program that fits with the Minnesota fan base.
The SBL will belong to the fan that purchases it – to hold, transfer or sell it however he/she sees fit after the first year of the stadium’s opening. If the SBL owner defaults for some reason, the license will revert back to the MSFA.