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Continued: New deal lets Minn. Vikings play at U of M TCF Bank Stadium

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 10, 2013 - 1:19 AM

On Thursday Regent Dean Johnson asked whether the stadium could host a Saturday night Gophers football game, then a Vikings game at noon the next day. “Is that even possible?” Johnson said.

“It is possible that that can actually work,” Wheelock replied.

The team has played at TCF Bank Stadium before, after a 2010 snowstorm collapsed the Metrodome’s inflatable roof. That “dry run” helped the two sides figure out how they might handle things such as parking, snow and concessions, said Kevin Warren, the Vikings’ vice president of legal affairs.

“If we had not had that, I really don’t know how we could have crafted an agreement that properly touches on all those points,” he said. “It would have been very difficult.”

 

Jenna Ross • 612-673-7168 Twitter: @ByJenna

 

  • The deal

    To play at the U’s TCF Bank Stadium, the Vikings will pay:

    $250,000 per game for 2014 and 2015

    $50,000 per game for concessions/sponsorships

    $125,000 for neighborhood fund

    $3.5 million for capital improvements

    ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

    What: Music of Schumann (Cello Concerto, with guest cellist Steven Isserlis), Schoenberg and Mozart (Symphony No. 39). Conducted by Thomas Zehetmair.

    When: 10:30 a.m. & 8 p.m. Fri. in Eden Prairie, 8 p.m. Sat. in St. Paul.

    Where: Wooddale Church, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie; United Church of Christ, 900 Summit Av., St. Paul.

    Tickets: $10-$40, 651-291-1144, www.thespco.org.

    Review: A review of the SPCO concert appears Friday online and Saturday in the print edition.

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