Vikings Facility Will Host Five High School Games in 2018
The Minnesota Vikings will host a Lakeville North vs. Prior Lake football game October 12 at 7:30 p.m. This game is one of three separate high school football events during the 2018 season at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in collaboration with the individual schools, the Minnesota State High School League and the Vikings.
The newly-constructed TCO Performance Center and TCO Stadium will be utilized to continue the club’s commitment to youth football programming to showcase and grow the game at the high school level. The facility will give high school players a unique opportunity to compete on the same fields as their NFL counterparts. The events will include a regular-season game on September 28 between Farmington and Eagan (home team), a regular-season game on October 12 between Lakeville North and Prior Lake (home team) and TCO will serve as an MSHSL Playoff host site for the state quarterfinals on November 9 and 10 for 3 games.
“Anytime we can partner with the highest level of football in our state is exciting for our students and our community,” said Mike Zweber, Panthers activities director. “We are so proud of the growth and development of our football program over the years, which a true testament to Coach Vossen and has gotten us to a level to be considered for a game like this.”
“High school football is a unifying and long-standing tradition across our country,” Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said. “We are honored to host high school football games at our new TCO Performance Center facility. The lessons and values learned playing high school football extend well beyond the playing field. The game of football creates bonds and relationships that last a lifetime.”
“The opportunity to share our new facility with the community and with the high school sports teams was always an emphasis of the design of TCO Performance Center from the beginning,” Minnesota Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren said. “The chance to connect with fans, parents and players at the high school level is an important part of our ongoing youth football events and we will proudly share our field with Minnesota high school teams.”