The Vikings request to have 194 acres in the southeast quadrant of the Highway 494 and Dodd Road interchange rezoned from major office to mixed use was advanced by the Eagan City Council to the Metropolitan Council on Tuesday.
Vikings officials, including Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren and Chief Financial Officer Steve Poppen, informed the council of a proposal for a “Vikings destination” development that would become the new headquarters for the team that would be large enough for the entire organization to work under one roof. It also would provide state-of-the-art space with improved technology and potentially could host high school games of the week in a 7,000 to 10,000-seat stadium, as well as youth football clinics and other community events.
The headquarters would be built on about 30 acres adjacent to other development opportunities. The proposal includes plans for areas of commercial office spaces, a potential 120 to 150-room hotel and substantial conference center at the northwest part of the property, a mixed-purpose retail/office component and possibly a residential area with a town center concept and an area for apartments.
“When people see these opportunities not only from an economic engine standpoint, but from a business and community standpoint, it really bodes well,” Warren said.
The different components of the proposed development would be designed to integrate within the topography of the acreage, which would include outdoor walking trails and preserved wetlands. The public would be encouraged to enjoy the spaces.
Warren said it is exciting to present the vision for the project that has been set by Vikings Owners Zygi and Mark Wilf.
“A lot of the new practice facilities have been built with walls to keep people out, and we want to be the opposite,” Warren said. “We want to bring people in, and thankfully, we work for great owners who have very creative minds and who give us the resources to go out and do things that make a difference. We’re excited to keep this vision alive and do something that really sets the tone not only in professional sports, but also in all of business.”