EAGAN, Minn. — If a Vikings player wants to recharge and recover after a tough practice, an ice bath can take as long as 30 minutes to yield benefits.
But at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, the Vikings new headquarters that is slated to open in March, players will have the option to spend about three minutes in cryotherapy at 180 degrees below zero to have the same effect.
That's just one of the benefits Vikings players will receive when the team relocates in March of 2018 from their current practice facility in Eden Prairie.
View updated renderings of the future home of the Minnesota Vikings, the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center that is scheduled to open in March of 2018.
"First and foremost, we're going to give our players the best possible environment to succeed," Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said of TCO Performance Center. "And that's still our ultimate goal, to win Lombardi Trophies. … The facility is going to provide much needed modernization and upgrades that set the pace within the NFL and are critical in recruiting and retaining future players."
One highlight of the Vikings new headquarters will be a practice facility that is almost 93,000 square feet. The indoor practice facility is nearly 100 feet tall and will allow the Vikings to actually punt inside the structure. The team is unable to do so indoors at Winter Park, where the indoor facility tops out at 73 feet.
The 40-acre campus will have six fields in all — four outdoor on grass, a turf field inside TCO Performance Center and one turf layout inside TCO Stadium, a 6,500-seat venue that will house a variety of events.
There will be a sand pit and multiple incline areas for players to work on their fitness.
"We're creating a very unique deal with many different incline areas," said Steve Poppen, the Vikings Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. "Players will be able to run up and do their conditioning drills with the strength and conditioning staff."
But there will also be behind-the-scenes elements that players will benefit from on a daily basis.
The locker room will be more than 2,000 square feet bigger and there will be an expanded and updated weight room.
The training room will jump from a 1,806 square-foot space to one that is 6,754 square feet and features 16 training tables.
TCO Performance Center will have a hydrotherapy room that is more than four times larger than the existing hydrotherapy facility at Winter Park. It will feature a treadmill pool, cold and hot plunge pools and four whirlpools for treating extremities.
"All of those things, we either don't have them or have limited access to them at Winter Park," Poppen said. "We're going to be expanding that to where it's state-of-the-art in this new practice facility."
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs took a trip to Eagan as the final steel beam was installed and toured the future home of the Minnesota Vikings, the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.
Twin Cities Orthopedics will also have its own 88,000 square-foot building near the headquarters that will serve as an all-purpose medical center.
Twin Cities Orthopedics CEO Troy Simonson noted his organization already had a medical partnership with the Vikings before the two sides came to an agreement on naming rights for the practice facility.
Simonson said the building will serve as a one-stop shop for any and all medical needs throughout the roster.
"Any imaging needs, surgical needs, can be done here," Simonson said. "We're working with the Vikings and (Vikings Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer) Eric Sugarman and others to make sure we're coordinating services as well."
The Vikings have been based at Winter Park since 1981. Their new headquarters, which includes administrative and staff offices, will have 277,002 square feet, which is twice the square footage of Winter Park.