NFL Draft in Eagan? Popular event could be staged in new facility
As field and steel work progresses on the Minnesota Vikings’ new home in northeastern Eagan, officials are working on filling up its calendar.
The Minnesota Vikings applied to host the NFL Draft in 2022 or 2023 at both Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center being built in Eagan and at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
“It’s an opportunity for our market to have a unique Minnesota event,” Vikings executive vice president Lester Bagley said in a phone interview. “It’s a widely televised event. It’s an opportunity to enhance the brand of our market and the Vikings and to generate some economic impact with all the people involved.”
It’s still early in the process. Bagley said the Vikings submitted an expression of interest 13 months ago.
There are still many details between how the NFL runs its drafts and how the Vikings would stage such an event between Eagan and Minneapolis.