Minnesota Vikings hope to host high school football games at new headquarters

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The Minnesota Vikings announced earlier this week that the organization would like to host high school football games at its Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center and TCO Stadium in Eagan, Minnesota, once the complex opens in 2018.  According to a story on the team’s website, team officials are in talks with the Minnesota State High School League to use the new facility as a premier location for high school sports.

TCO Stadium will seat 6,000 fans with the ability to be expanded to 10,000 seats.  Viking officials have indicated that the high school games could potentially be broadcast on Vikings.com and the Vikings Entertainment Network, with local students helping in various capacities during the broadcast.  The team also suggested the facility as a potential home for neutral-site postseason games, not including the semifinals and Prep Bowl that are currently held at U.S. Bank Stadium.

“Similar to our approach with U.S. Bank Stadium, we are focused on making the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center a broader community asset that stands out from other professional sports facilities and resonates with the entire state of Minnesota,” said Warren. “Certainly a natural way to make that a reality is to host and potentially broadcast high school sporting events at TCO Stadium. We have immense respect for the Minnesota State High School League, so it was great to present our vision and begin exploring how we plan to build on our existing relationship.”

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Last year, the Dallas Cowboys opened their new team headquarters, The Star, in Frisco, Texas, which is home to the Ford Center, a 12,000 seat domed stadium that the Cowboys share with all of the high schools in the Frisco Independent School District.

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