Report: Vikings considering new team facility

The Vikings are reportedly considering moving their team headquarters from Eden Prairie to nearby Chanhassen.

The Minnesota Vikings are reportedly considering moving their team facilities from Eden Prairie to Chanhassen.

The report from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal cited anonymous sources, and Lester Bagley, the team’s vice president of public affairs and stadium development, declined to confirm the report.

“We are beginning to evaluate the long-term viability of the facility at Winter Park, and we are considering a variety of options, including a renovation of the current property,” Bagley told the MSP Business Journal.

The Vikings have long considered their options for their base operations because they are limited in space at their current Winter Park location because of wetlands and adjacent office buildings. They currently have business locations in three different buildings – Winter Park, an office building across the street and a downtown location that houses many of their ticket and stadium staffers.

According to the report, the Vikings are considering a 110-acre mixed-use project in Chanhassen near Hazeltine National Golf Club.

The Vikings have made renovations to Winter Park often in the last decade, since the Wilf family bought the team in 2005, including a remodel of most of the lower-level facilities that include the locker room, training rooms, weight room and team meeting facilities.

Last year, they converted the southwest corner of their field house into a makeshift meeting room with risers and tables because the rest of the facility didn’t have a room big enough to hold the entire team and head coach Mike Zimmer felt it was important that they meet as an entire team rather than split into offensive and defensive groups.

The Vikings have been at Winter Park, named after Max Winter, one of the team’s founders who served as president from 1965-87, since May 15, 1981.

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