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New Vikings Stadium News & Notes - 10/10

Preview Center Crosses 5,000 Appointments

The New Stadium Preview Center, which opened to Vikings Season Ticket Members in early March, remains a popular destination for Season Ticket Members. Through the first seven months, more than 5,000 appointments have been scheduled in the 7,500-square foot interactive space. Van Wagner and the Vikings are currently finishing Zones 9 and 10 in the 16-zone seating priority process. If you haven't yet seen the Preview Center, take a sneak peek or join the wait list to ensure your spot in line at the new stadium.

Vikings Add $518,000 to New Stadium Budget

The MSFA Board announced today that the Vikings have put another $518,000 into the new stadium. The dollars will go toward items such as mobile beverage carts in the concourses, an additional elevator and other changes to the executive suite level, as well as additional design services for the skyway system connected to the stadium. The stadium budget now sits just over $1.024 billion and includes just shy of $527 million from the Vikings. The original public contribution of $498 million has not changed.

"Who's Behind That Vikings Stadium Crane?"

Given that at least one piece of structural steel seems to be placed each week lately, now is a good time to revisit who is overseeing the effort. Earlier this summer, when the third-largest crane in the world was placed on the construction site, the Star Tribune's Rochelle Olson took a peek at who exactly is "raising the roof."

Nearly 25% of Vikings Fans Riding Light-Rail to TCF Bank Stadium

Metro Transit recently told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that nearly 25% of Vikings fans attending games at the University of Minnesota are utilizing the Green Line, which opened in June 2014. "According to Metro Transit, 12,780 fans took the light-rail line to TCF Bank Stadium for the Vikings vs. New England game on September 14 and 12,737 fans did so on September 28 when the team hosted Atlanta. In both cases, that represented 24 percent of all fans who went to the game."

Tailgating Options – Come Early, Have Fun, Avoid Parking Issues

While getting to and from Vikings games at TCF Bank Stadium can be challenging, two convenient tailgating options exists that allow fans to avoid some of the game day traffic issues.

Approximately 1,500 spaces are available for tailgating on Lot 108 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. At a cost of $20, fans can park and tailgate in the lot before University buses pick them up, travel down the University's Transitway and drop fans off directly in front of TCF Bank Stadium for an expected total ride of less than 10 minutes. Fans can purchase season or single-game parking passes for the State Fairgrounds (St. Paul Lot) here.

The Vikings are also offering tailgating opportunities on surface lots just north of the old Metrodome/new stadium construction site. For just $10, fans can enter on the corner of 4th Street and Chicago Avenue, tailgate in the neighborhood to which they are accustomed, hop on the Green Line at the Downtown East location and arrive in front of TCF Bank Stadium minutes later. Fans can purchase passes for these lots here (Please note due to the heavy use of the Green Line, fans should prepare to leave the lots early in order to ensure arrival prior to kickoff.).

Join the Wait List

Already hundreds of Vikings fans who are not current Season Ticket Members have joined the wait list to ensure their place in line for purchasing tickets at the new stadium. Waitlisted fans will be contacted in priority order after all current Season Ticket Members have had the opportunity to review seating options and select their seats. Join the wait list now!

For all of the latest updates or to join the waitlist and secure your new stadium priority, click here.

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