Construction of the new Vikings practice facility has reached a milestone with installation of the final steel beams.

Vikings Owners Plan Larger Development

    Minnesota Vikings executives celebrated a major milestone in the construction of its Eagan corporate headquarters and practice facility with a presentation and press conference announcing even more development at the site.
   With the last steel beam installed in the construction of its new corporate headquarters, the Vikings executives have announced plans for additional development four times the size of the 40-acre corporate campus off Dodd Road and Route 494. The 160-acre commercial development would include a hotel, conference center, and 1,000 rental apartments with a clubhouse.
“The other 160 acres right now is a blank slate,” a Vikings development consultant told a group of invited media and Eagan city officials at a recent corporate presentation.
   Executives hope to develop the site, now a wooded area with wetlands, lakes, and wildlife, into a “world-class destination.”
   In discussing the development, Vikings executives repeatedly referenced the theme of a “world-class destination.” While the presentation included discussion of world-class high-tech amenities, no mention was made of the new roadways, schools, police and fire stations, courts, hospital and jail space that would be required for such a large development.
     Vikings executives expect to move in to their new corporate headquarters in March 2018, after the first Super Bowl in the new US Bank Stadium. The 40-acre Eagan facility will consolidate operations for the team, which now practices in Mankato apart from corporate headquarters in Eden Prairie.
     At their recent presentation, team executives and owner Mark Wilf displayed drawings and architectural renderings of a modern, high-tech campus reflecting advances in corporate technology and sports training and medicine. There will be five playing fields, some of which will be heated in winter, indoor training facilities, a 6500-seat stadium that can expand to hold 10,000 people, a weight room with natural light, a cafeteria with a view of the lake, an auditorium with adjoining broadcast area for programming with live studio audiences, and a media center with its own segregated entrance, so the media doesn’t have to see what goes on in the rest of the building.
     Owner Mark Wilf said the goal was to build a “first-class, world-class destination for this community and the surrounding area.”
     In their presentations, Vikings executives repeatedly stressed themes of “world-class” amenities and public access to trails and facilities.
     It was a presentation by the community-oriented NFL, not the NFL where former stars of the league were left wandering the streets with concussion-related brain damage and a woman was beaten unconscious in an elevator. There was talk of recreational trails, high-school football rivalry games, a cafeteria with a view of the lake.
     “This will become the epicenter of sports, entertainment, health and wellness and technology,” said Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren. “People around the world are already talking about it.”

One of the current residents of the site
The undeveloped portions of the 200-acre Vikings site feature lakes, wetlands, and woods full of birds, deer, and other wildlife.
Vikings Parkway reaches a dead end as construction continues on the new Eagan practice facility.