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Oct 27, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; A general view of TCF Bank Stadium prior to the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Purdue Boilermakers. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

New Bleacher Construction Appears to Have Begun at TCF Bank Stadium (Photo)

Via Nick Halter of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, here’s a photo of what appears to be new bleacher construction going on at TCF Bank Stadium, the temporary home of the Vikings.

The Gophers’ home stadium is undergoing major renovation ahead of the Vikings’ two year guest occupancy, including already-completed installation of heating coils under the turf. The newly-installed seats will reportedly add room for 2,000 more fans, bringing TCF’s capacity up to 52,000.

The stadium will also get concessions upgrades and more camera positions for television broadcasts. Total cost up the upgrades is expected to be around 7 million dollars.

The Vikings will be in TCF Bank Stadium for the next two years, bringing outdoor football back to Minneapolis for the first time since 1981 (not counting the one game the Vikings played at TCF in 2010 after the collapse of the Metrodome roof).

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