Updated: 08/06/2014 7:05 PM KSTP.com By: Lauren Beukelman
The University of Minnesota's associate athletic director Scott Ellison introduced the updates made to TCF Bank Stadium to prepare for the upcoming Vikings season.
Major additions include the installation of new bleachers on the West Plaza, new goal posts, 38 miles of tubing to heat the turf and new turf with permanent inlays in the endzone.
All other aspects will be painted on the field before game days including the Norseman and pro hash marks.
In addition, the endzone inlay will be painted purple during Vikings games and will remain the natural gold during Gophers games.
College hash marks and numbers will be painted on the field prior to home Gopher games.
The university is not sure how long the field transformation will take between Vikings and Gophers games since they have not practiced the procedure with the proper equipment.
Ellison said the cost of the upgrades cost approximately $2.5 million, which was completely covered by the Vikings.
Additional upgrades will be made to the stadium as colder weather approaches in the concourse area.