The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday that they will host the 2018 season at TCF Bank Stadium, a new soccer-specific stadium for the professional soccer club, which has a lease in St. Paul for five years.
The team will play its home games at TCB Bank Stadium in St Paul.
The announcement was the first public comment from the Vikings since a $1.9 billion bid was submitted to the city of Minneapolis for the new stadium.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was a major investor in the bid, which included a new $1 billion stadium on the former site of the Minnesota Vikings Stadium.
The Vikings will play at TCW Stadium, also in St, Paul, in 2019.
Wilf and the team have yet to announce a date for a new home.
“We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what the future looks like,” Wilf said in a statement.
The Vikings announced their decision to play at the new facility on the opening day of training camp, Oct. 14. “
The Vikings will be in Minneapolis in 2019 for the first time since the 2018 and 2019 seasons, and we are excited to welcome our new fans to TCW for the 2019 season.”
The Vikings announced their decision to play at the new facility on the opening day of training camp, Oct. 14.
The stadium, which was previously home to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the University of Minnesota, will be open to the public during the 2018-2019 season.
The Minneapolis city government and TCF have not yet committed to a timeline for a permanent home for the Vikings, but they have promised to work with the city and the NFL to find a solution.
The NFL had planned to host its season opener at TCG Stadium, but that was postponed to Oct. 1 because of Hurricane Irma.