It was generally agreed upon that the Vikings would play one or two seasons at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. The university really didn't have a leg to stand on in the terms of making outrageous demands. It is a state-owned facility that was written into the legislation even though a deal hadn't formally been struck. Of all the add-ons and pork-barrel projects (i.e. a Saints baseball stadium), there was little to no discussion in the framework of the bill as to what would happen if the Vikings and the U of M couldn't reach an agreement.
On Wednesday, the Vikings and university representatives reached an agreement on the parameters of the deal for how the university will be compensated for the letting Vikings fans invade the campus 20 times (or more) in 2014-15 (or January, 2016?). The agreement, which has yet to be officially released, will be sent to the U of M Board of Regents Friday for a final vote.
The board doesn't have many bosses. Gov. Mark Dayton and the State Legislature are truly their bosses and they've already given tacit approval to the relocation.
The good news for the state and the university at a time when revenue streams are hard to come by, the largesse of the NFL will provide a lot of revenue that would have otherwise gone unclaimed by the university. Because the NFL has its own set of requirements (such as heating coils under the field to keep it as snow-free as possible during the winter months), the university might experience stadium upgrades that will likely not come out of their own pocket.
While the deal isn't officially done yet, even if a rogue board of regents wants to do a little huffing and puffing, it's all but a done deal.
The devil is in the details and it would appear those have been finalized. The Vikings will be playing at TCF Bank Stadium for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.