The Eagan City Council has formally approved the Minnesota Vikings plan to move the team headquarters and training facility to a 200-acre site located off I-494 at the intersection of Dodd Road and Lone Oak Parkway.
Coming on a unanimous vote, the City Council changed the land-use designation of the site from Major Office to Mixed Use, allowing the team to pursue an overall development that includes offices, retail, residential, hospitality and a conference center and uses the Vikings headquarters and practice facility as a development anchor. The Vikings now have preliminary approvals on all phases of the planned development, including 40 acres in Phase I to construct the team headquarters, indoor practice facility, outdoor practice fields and expandable outdoor stadium, as well as a multi-phase, mixed-use development that will occur in stages over the next 10-15 years.
“Tonight’s vote is an exciting step forward for the Minnesota Vikings and for the Eagan community, as we can now officially call Eagan our future home,” said Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren. “This project offers a unique opportunity to do something incredibly special, to transform a beautiful but underdeveloped site into a regional destination with a strong community focus. We appreciate the collaboration with, and the guidance from, Eagan city staff, members of the City Council and Mayor Maguire over the past year, and we look forward to bringing this very special community asset to fruition.”
The 40-acre Phase I is expected to include the following:
· Five outdoor fields – four grass, one synthetic
· Outdoor stadium with an anticipated capacity of 6,000 (expandable)
· Outdoor training areas, including a sand pit and inclined surfaces
· Indoor practice facility with a 100-yard synthetic surface field and full-clear height for kicking
· Team auditorium and player position meeting rooms
· Media center/press facilities
· Expanded locker room, weight room and equipment facilities
· Cardiovascular and specialized speed rooms
· Hydrotherapy room and post-workout recovery rooms
· New administrative office for front office staff
The Vikings anticipate site work to begin within the next several weeks followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking later this summer. The team’s goal is to move into the new facility in Spring 2018.[Minnesota Vikings press release]