Aramark in negotiation for new Viking's stadium foodservice contract

The new stadium opens in 2016.

July 22—The new Vikings stadium won’t open until July 2016, but it apparently isn’t too early to start mulling over the menu—whether it’s peanuts or prime rib.

On Friday, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Vikings said they are negotiating with Aramark to provide the food and beverage service at the $975 million stadium.

The Philadelphia-based company is no stranger to Minnesota — it already provides services at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota as well as the premium dining options at the Metrodome. Nationally, Aramark services 13 of the nation’s 32 NFL stadiums, including Soldier Field in Chicago, Reliant Stadium in Houston and Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.