Vikings see Eagan property as marketing, real estate opportunity

The Minnesota Vikings plans to develop a huge practice facility in Eagan is an effort to bring employees under one roof, lift the organization’s status and provide the franchise’s owners with a real estate development opportunity.

The team’s vision, which was released on Sept. 11, is for a new sprawling commercial and possibly residential district that would be anchored by the new headquarters, practice facility and small stadium. The site — located within close proximity to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America ­­— would keep the team visible year-round.

Plans call for three outdoor grass fields, an expanded indoor facility, and a 7,000 to 10,000-seat stadium that would feature synthetic turf. The stadium would be capable of hosting high school games, youth football clinics and other community events. The indoor facility would include space for punting drills and meeting rooms for the team, football staff and non-football staff.

“The team is relocated from its current headquarters of more than 30 years for an opportunity to bring all of our organization under one roof and to create a world-class scenario where our players can be the best they can be, our coaches can be the best they can be and our staff can be the best they can be and we can create a technologically advanced environment for everyone involved at our new potential practice facility,” said Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren in a statement.

The property is currently zoned as major office and the Vikings are asking officials to rezone it as mixed use. The proposal is scheduled to go before the Eagan Planning Commission on Sept. 21 and the City Council on Oct. 6.

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