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Vikings switching sidelines at TCF Bank Stadium

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings Updated: June 27, 2014 - 4:30 PM

If you already bought your Vikings season tickets at TCF Bank Stadium behind the south sideline hoping to sit behind the home team, that won't happen.

The Vikings will use the north sideline during home games over the next two seasons. The change from the south sideline was made by the Vikings staff, including general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer, after several visits to TCF Bank Stadium.  

The press box and club seating on the south end of the stadium creates a shadow over the south sideline late in the season for the Gophers, who occupy the south sideline during home games.

The shadow spills over to the field and eventually creeps over to the north sideline later in the game. This will create a more comfortable environment for the Vikings in their temporary home with the ability to stand in the sun longer during those cold home games late in the season. But the switch will likely disappoint season ticket holders that specifically wanted to sit behind the Vikings bench.

“We understand some fans may be concerned with the change, and we’re encouraging those fans to contact our ticket office with any questions or concerns,” Vikings Executive Director of Communications Jeff Anderson said. “We’ll be willing to work with them and be as accommodating as we can.”

The Vikings plan to return back to the south sideline when the new stadium opens in 2016.

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