EAGAN, Minn. — TCO Studios will enable the Vikings to connect with fans like never before, including through a new, live studio show that will launch later this year.
The prime space inside Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center will provide various settings for different types of content, an expansion of the already robust lineup of offerings from Vikings Entertainment Network and new content.
Vikings Vice President of Content and Production Bryan Harper said that VEN and the Vikings organization are excited about the content opportunities inside the state-of-the-art TCO Studios.
"Vikings fans have consistently engaged with the inside access that VEN strives to provide, and we have a responsibility to continue to meet or exceed their programming demands," Harper said. "With the opening of TCO Studios, we are excited about the new opportunities to deliver meaningful content to our fans."
The TCO Studios 1,750-square-foot main studio space features four scenic arrangements.
- The main desk is positioned in front of a 3X3 video wall for traditional broadcasts.
- An informal area for more relaxed content is positioned in front of a 2X2 video wall.
- A social/interactive area features an 86-inch touchscreen.
- A stand-up area features three vertical screens that can be combined.
Look at photos of TCO Studios, a game-changing space inside the TCO Performance Center that will provide various settings for different types of content, an expansion of the already robust lineup of offerings.
TCO Studios' main space can connect with the auditorium that is used by the Vikings for team meetings by raising an operable acoustic wall. This versatility will create an incredible set-up for the live show and allow TCO Studios to operate as a stage for other special events.
In addition to television programming that will continue to be produced in partnership with FOX 9 KMSP and Fox Sports North, Harper said fans can expect an increase in player-centric features, in-season daily streaming content, videos on social media and podcast offerings.
The live show planned for Thursdays this fall will join a television lineup that includes *Vikings GamePlan, Vikings: Beyond the Gridiron, Vikings Connected, Vikings GameDay LIVE *and *Vikings Huddle. *VEN and KMSP also partner for Vikings Preseason TV.
KFAN 100.3-FM will continue to be the Vikings flagship radio partner and already has broadcast programming from TCO Studios and TCO Performance Center. The radio studio is equipped for video streaming.
The completion of TCO Studios last month resulted from impressive teamwork. The main studio was designed, coordinated and project managed by Provost Studio, Inc.
Chicago Scenic Studios provided scenic fabrication & installation, Lighting Design Group handled the lighting design and infrastructure, and Primeview, Inc., provided on-set AV technology.
Eden Prairie-based Alpha Video & Audio provided design and integration of the control room that will operate TCO Studios and the video board at TCO Stadium, as well as the equipment room, radio studio, interview studio and support spaces.