Vikings May Move Out of Winter Park, Build New Chanhassen HQ


The Vikings are getting a new stadium in 2016, and they may soon have a new team headquarters to go with it.

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According to a report in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, the Vikings are mulling moving out of their Eden Prairie headquarters and into a new place in Chanhassen. Though team officials refused to confirm the report, old Lester Bagley did admit they are thinking about the future of Winter Park (via

"“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."

Since the Wilfs took over in 2005, they have spent lots and lots of money gradually upgrading the team’s facilities, which were never great to begin with but fell into almost post-apocalyptic disrepair under the regime of cheapskate Red McCombs.

The Wilfs fixed up the Viking ship that sits outside the current team HQ. They put in new work out facilities. They undertook various other upgrades to Winter Park, trying to get it up to the standards of the rest of the NFL.

Of course the biggest upgrade was getting rid of the out-dated Metrodome and replacing it with a new futuristic football-cathedral of a stadium that is still in the course of being constructed.

It sounds like the Vikings have now outgrown Winter Park entirely and are ready to move on. You have to hand it to the Wilfs: they’ve invested a lot in their team. You can’t accuse them of being cheap or not caring. And maybe one day it will all pay off with a Super Bowl championship.

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