So far, Vikings' arrival at University of Minnesota brings more anticipation than anxiety

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 17, 2014 - 11:56 PM

The area around the TCF Stadium is gearing up for large NFL crowds in the fall.

hide

Vikings fans walked to TCF Bank Stadium over the weekend in a preseason trial run for the regular season in September.

Photo: KYNDELL HARKNESS • kyndell.harkness@startribune.com,

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

With the Minnesota Vikings’ move to TCF Bank Stadium, the ever-bustling University of Minnesota area will be even louder and livelier this fall and winter.

“We’re going to have pretty much a nonstop fall schedule of big events,” said Jan Morlock, director of community relations at the campus.

But despite Vikings fans’ reputation for being even rowdier than college students, the area is largely anticipating rather than dreading the onslaught. And it’s eager to intercept what football teams and fans bring — money.

The NFL team will call the Bank home for two years as it awaits completion of its new $1 billion stadium. Ten Vikings home games will be played on Sundays at the university, in addition to the Gophers’ games on Saturdays. “Part of the concern of neighbors is this doesn’t give us any breaks,” Morlock said.

Both the team and the U have put significant thought into trying to make sure Stadium Village, Dinkytown and West Bank businesses and residents can cope and benefit. The first true test comes Sept. 14, when the Vikings host the New England Patriots.

“We are concerned, but frankly, we went through all of this when the TCF Bank Stadium was built,” said Ricardo McCurley, executive director of the Southeast Como Improvement Association. Overall, he said, his group expects things to go smoothly.

Even before the Vikings invasion, the neighborhood has endured extra traffic on some major streets and noise from the Bank. The Stadium Area Advisory Group convened by the university to air concerns about the Bank has been a great forum in which to raise concerns, McCurley said.

Based on the Aug. 8 preseason game, his early assessment is positive. At a Saturday event after that Friday night game, McCurley found the streets free of detritus. “We didn’t see any aftermath that we had to deal with,” he said.

An economic touchdown

The economic advantage will be felt by both the community and its businesses.

The Vikings have contributed $90,000 for each of the two years to the university’s Good Neighbor Fund, as well as an additional $35,000 per year in in-kind donations. Neighborhoods apply for money and/or player appearances for projects.

The Southeast Como group received $25,900 for the Van Cleve Sports Equipment and Clinics aimed at attracting an increasingly diverse youth population to use parks and participate in sports clinics. Coupled with potential player appearances, the money is a big deal, McCurley said.

The West Bank Business Association received a $24,000 grant for a community garden at the Brian Coyle Community Center, as well as a portable stage for youth performances. And the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association received $42,500 to create signs to encourage use of the new Dinkytown Green­way.

The campus Office of Student and Community Relations received $15,000 for Project Lighthouse, to add lights to off-campus properties.

“We do want to be a good partner and a good neighbor,” Vikings communications director Jeff Anderson said. He added that the team has agreed to cover the cost of extra police officers up to $100,000 for the season if the Minneapolis Police Department deems them necessary.

To prepare the temporary arena, the Vikings pumped $6.6 million into the Bank, adding 38 miles of pipe under new turf to heat the field and installing heaters in some seating areas and restrooms. The team added 130 points of sale for concessions and beer and increased from six to nine the number of gates for game entry. The stadium also got technology upgrades.

And the Vikings added seating, bringing the stadium’s capacity to about 52,000, an addition of almost 2,000 seats.

There will be tents at some restaurants and outdoor gatherings, but official tailgating is relegated to the parking areas at the State Fairgrounds.

  • related content

  • Minneapolis construction permits so far in 2014 hit a record

    Friday August 15, 2014

    The year is far from over, but construction spending in Minneapolis is shattering records.So far this year, the city issued...

  • Judge rules that off-duty cops can carry guns into Vikings games

    Friday August 15, 2014

    Although a judge ruled state law overrides NFL gun ban, only on-duty officers can carry arms, for now.

  • In what will be a familiar sight this fall and winter, Vikings fans made their way to TCF stadium for a game over the weekend.

  • Vikings fans checked out their eating options before the start of the Vikings preseason game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday. Businesses expect to be very busy during the football season.

  • Vikings fans walked around near McNamara Alumni Center before the start of the Vikings pre season game at TCF Bank Stadium. ] (KYNDELL HARKNESS/STAR TRIBUNE) kyndell.harkness@startribune.com Viking traffic around the U in Minneapolis Min,. Saturday, August, 16, 2014.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Toronto - LP: D. Hutchison 2 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 5
Washington - WP: S. Strasburg 2 FINAL
Miami - LP: N. Eovaldi 1
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 10 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: E. Santana 2
Boston - WP: J. Kelly 3 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: M. Gonzalez 2
Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta 0 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 1
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Danks 10 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: N. Karns 5
Cleveland - WP: C. Kluber 7 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: A. Swarzak 2
Detroit - LP: R. Porcello 2 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: J. Guthrie 5
Seattle - LP: H. Iwakuma 3 FINAL
Houston - WP: C. McHugh 8
Los Angeles - WP: C. Perez 8 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Turner 5
Texas - WP: S. Tolleson 2 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: H. Street 1
Philadelphia - LP: M. Gonzalez 6 FINAL
Oakland - WP: S. Doolittle 8
San Francisco - LP: R. Vogelsong 2 FINAL
San Diego - WP: I. Kennedy 8
Arizona - LP: W. Miley 3 FINAL
Colorado - WP: C. Bergman 8
Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: L. Lynn 2
San Diego 22 FINAL
Buffalo 10
Dallas 34 FINAL
St. Louis 31
Washington 34 FINAL
Philadelphia 37
Houston 17 FINAL
NY Giants 30
Minnesota 9 FINAL
New Orleans 20
Tennessee 7 FINAL
Cincinnati 33
Baltimore 23 FINAL
Cleveland 21
Green Bay 7 FINAL
Detroit 19
Indianapolis 44 FINAL
Jacksonville 17
Oakland 9 FINAL
New England 16
San Francisco 14 FINAL
Arizona 23
Denver 20 FINAL
Seattle 26
Kansas City 34 FINAL
Miami 15
Pittsburgh 37 FINAL
Carolina 19
Chicago 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
Columbus 4 FINAL
Carolina 3
Buffalo 0 FINAL
Washington 1
St. Louis 3 FINAL
Columbus 4
Calgary 1 FINAL
Edmonton 3
Edmonton 0 FINAL
Calgary 1
Old Dominion 45 FINAL
Rice 42
Troy 0 FINAL
(12) Georgia 66
Georgia Tech 27 FINAL
Virginia Tech 24
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
(9) Michigan State 73
Iowa 24 FINAL
Pittsburgh 20
Bowling Green 17 FINAL
(19) Wisconsin 68
Maryland 34 FINAL
Syracuse 20
Tulane 13 FINAL
Duke 47
Hawaii 12 FINAL
Colorado 21
Marshall 48 FINAL
Akron 17
North Carolina 41 FINAL
(23) East Carolina 70
Army 21 FINAL
Wake Forest 24
Virginia 33 FINAL
(20) BYU 41
(6) Texas A&M 58 FINAL
SMU 6
Rutgers 31 FINAL
Navy 24
Central Mich 10 FINAL
Kansas 24
Utah 26 FINAL
Michigan 10
Florida 21 FINAL
(3) Alabama 42
Louisville 34 FINAL
FIU 3
Fla Atlantic 19 FINAL
Wyoming 20
Indiana 31 FINAL
Missouri 27
San Jose St 7 FINAL
Minnesota 24
Texas State 35 FINAL
Illinois 42
Massachusetts 7 FINAL
Penn State 48
Georgia State 14 FINAL
Washington 45
Appalachian St 20 FINAL
Southern Miss 21
(14) Miss State 34 FINAL
(17) LSU 29
Northern Ill 14 FINAL
Arkansas 52
Middle Tennessee 17 FINAL
Memphis 36
Utah State 14 FINAL
Arkansas State 21
Miami-Ohio 24 FINAL
Cincinnati 31
Idaho 24 FINAL
Ohio U 36
Ball State 23 FINAL
Toledo 34
(13) So Carolina 48 FINAL
Vanderbilt 34
(4) Oklahoma 45 FINAL
West Virginia 33
Ga Southern 28 FINAL
South Alabama 6
UNLV 14 FINAL
Houston 47
Miami-Florida 31 FINAL
(21) Nebraska 41
New Mexico 38 FINAL
New Mexico St 35
Clemson 17 FINAL
(1) Florida State 23
California 45 FINAL
Arizona 49
San Diego St 7 FINAL
Oregon State 28
(2) Oregon 38 FINAL
Washington St 31
Louisiana 9 FINAL
Boise State 34
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(24) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(11) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(25) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(12) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Kentucky
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(9) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Indiana
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Virginia
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Louisville
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
UAB
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
NC State
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
California
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Kansas
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Connecticut
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
Washington
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(22) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(13) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
North Carolina 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Clemson
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
ULM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(17) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Duke 9/27/14 6:30 PM
Miami-Florida
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Utah
(8) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Syracuse
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(21) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(18) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Chivas USA 0 FINAL
Toronto FC 3
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 23 FINAL
Hamilton 25
Calgary 15 FINAL
Montreal 31
Ottawa 32 FINAL
Saskatchewan 35

ADVERTISEMENT

Advertisement
Golden Gavel by Star Tribune

Countdown to great deals

Bid Sept. 21-29

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Vikings offense

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close