By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN -With the Spring Game officially in the rear view mirror, the University of Minnesota has kicked off renovations to TCF Bank Stadium in conjunction with the Minnesota Vikings 2-year stint beginning this coming Fall.
Day 1 of field renovation project. All turf will be removed by Friday. pic.twitter.com/L554wXcAlI— TCF Bank Stadium (@TCFBankStadium) April 14, 2014
As you can see in the tweet above from the official Twitter account of TCF Bank Stadium, step one of the process began bright and early Monday morning as crews began to roll up the old artificial turf. Once the turf is rolled away, crews will be able to install the heating coils to meet NFL mandates.
Other improvements scheduled to be made to the stadium include...
- Installation of heating coils
- Installation of new NFL quality field turf
- Installation of camera platforms to fulfill TV requirements of NFL
- Creation of additional storage space for Vikings equipment
- Addition of temporary bleachers for upwards of 5,000 fans
The potential $6.6 million bill for the renovations will be paid by the Vikings as part of their nearly $1 billion new stadium cost plan.
Construction is scheduled to be finished by July when the NFL preseason begins.