It would appear as though the new Minnesota Vikings headquarters proposed for the City of Eagan is on its way to getting fast-tracked.
On Tuesday night, the Eagan City Council unanimously voted to give preliminary endorsement to the project, which would move the Vikings’ headquarters from the 12-acre Winter Park site in Eden Prairie that has served as the Vikings headquarters for 35 years to a proposed 194-acre site south of I-494 where it runs through the city.
Viking Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren and Vice President/Chief Financial Officer Steve Poppen both gave presentations citing that the organization wants to build a “work, live, play” development that would include a hotel, housing and retail business space as well as the Vikings headquarters.
The proposal didn’t have anyone speak out against it, but it did have some supporters, including Brent Cory, president of the Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Met Council member Steven Chavez, and Tom Caneff of the People of Praise Trinity School, which is located near the proposed site.
Eagan mayor Mike Maguire and several council members offered their praise for the project. The city’s support of the project will be forwarded to the Met Council and Maguire said he expects to see the Met Council take supportive action on the proposal within 60 days.
The land parcel was the former headquarters of Northwest Airlines and, after it merged, Delta Airlines. Of the nearly 200 acres, approximately 40 acres would be used for the team headquarters and practice facility, which would include a stadium that could seat up to 10,000 fans.
If the project remains fast-tracked, groundbreaking could take place as early as 2016 with completion expected be mid- to late-2017.
At a time when getting the Vikings into their new stadium became a divisive issue that had politicians in-fighting and calls of unfair business practices that would allow the state to pay $300 million of the $1.1 billion project cost, there appears to be a unanimity in the support of the Vikings developing an area of unused land in the suburbs.