Vikings site coming together in Eagan

Officials plan to make it a ‘destination’

Photo by Andy Rogers
Workers begin putting the walls and roof on the Twin Cities Orthopedic Performance Center Wednesday as the final piece of structured steel was installed last week.

Minnesota Vikings representatives provided an update to its future home in Eagan on Wednesday.

More than 100 construction workers were beginning to put the walls and roof on the Twin Cities Orthopedic Performance Center as the last piece of structured steel was installed a week ago.

Everything is on track to open in about 10 months.

“Our first goal is to make this a world class destination,” said Mark Wilf, owner and president. “We’re excited about this facility and we think it’s going to give our players the best environment to succeed.”

But, it won’t be just Viking jerseys running around the 6,000 seat stadium.

The facility is also expected to hold high school athletic events and youth football camps.

Executive Vice President Lester Bagley said the plan is to have rivalry football games being played in the stadium during the football season.

It would also be a neutral site for football playoff games and the stadium is capable of staging lacrosse, soccer and rugby games.

“It’s a multi-purpose field,” Bagley said.

Executive Vice President Steve Poppen said the stadium will also have the ability to house NCAA Division II playoff games and other college tournaments.

“We intend to go after some of those games,” Poppen said.

Officials felt like there was enough parking on site because most of the staff is gone before a 7 p.m. evening game.

Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren said no decision has been made on whether training camp or any public viewing practices during the offseason will be held in Eagan.

“The environment offers a lot of creative opportunities to make memories,” Warren said. “We will let you know when we do.”

Warren said the Vikings have had a wonderful relationship with Mankato, which has been the home for Vikings training camp for 50 years.

Although, Warren admitted it would be possible to hold training camp in Eagan as soon as 2018 based on the current contract.

The Vikings facility will only be on 40 acres leaving an additional 160 acres of development.

A hotel/conference center is planned for the northeastern portion of the property, and retail/commercial is planned for the southeastern and northeastern portion of the development.

Residential is planned for the southwestern portion of the property, which would include about 1,000 rental apartments and a public fitness center.

Warren said the idea is to have residential options available to players and staff on site.

Construction has begun on a Vikings team store along with the Twin Cities Orthopedics full service medical center and sports performance center.

Twin Cities Orthopedics Chief Executive Officer Troy Simonson said they were so excited to enter into the Eagan market that they recently opened a temporary clinic offering physical therapy by appointment and Orthopedic Urgent Care at 1440 Duckwood Drive in Eagan.

As for the Viking headquarters, the Crawford Architects, Kraus Anderson and Twin Cities Orthopedics celebrated a major construction milestone last week as the last piece of structural steel was installed.

More than 1,300 tons of steel was used for the headquarters and an another 2,200 tons were used for the indoor practice facility, which stands at 113 feet to accommodate kicking and punting.

The steel was fabricated by Ted Mannstedt and Son in La Crosse, WI, and erected by Danny’s Construction Company in Shakopee.

Construction crews from 38 subcontractors, 32 from Minnesota, have spent 80,000 hours on the project. About 130 workers are on site daily.