Cost of upgrades to TCF Bank Stadium nearly double original estimate
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will meet today to review improvements needed at TCF Bank Stadium as the Minnesota Vikings prepare to take over as Sunday tenants for the next two seasons. The price tag for the improvements will nearly double from the initial $3.5 million to $6.6 million.
The original estimate released in 2013 did not include the price of the final cost of upgrading the playing surface which will include adding a heating coiling system that will prevent the field from freezing. The Regents approved the preliminary bill last June, a bill that will be paid for by the Vikings.
According to the meeting agenda, the scope of the project includes:
Replacement of existing artificial turf to allow changes to markings, logos, etc. to accommodate both the Vikings and University needs and the removal and installation of a new artificial turf field after the Vikings use ends
Installation of a field heating system.
Winterization of numerous spaces throughout the building.
Build out of existing 8,000 SF shelled space for storage needs.
Additional camera platforms and data wiring for NFL requirements.
Addition of temporary bleachers on the west plaza that will accommodate approximately 1,750 seats.
Timeline: Design completion: January 2014 Construction start: February 2014 Construction completion: July 2014