Cuando Alan Page entró por primera vez en el nuevo Museo Vikings, se sorprendió.

Uno de los primeros elementos para saludar a los visitantes es una vitrina con recuerdos de la carrera del salón de la fama. Es uno de los seis casos en honor a jugadores cuyos números han sido retirados por el equipo.

“Entras y ves las vitrinas y dices, ‘Guau’, y luego ves que estás en una de ellas”, dijo Page el martes. “Es halagador por decir lo menos. Entras y, boom, allí estás. No tenía ni idea.”

Page, along with some other former notable players, got a first look at a museum function last Friday. On Tuesday, the Vikings gave a media tour of the museum at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan, which will open Wednesday for fans on the first day of training camp.

The 14,000-square-foot facility is something the Wilf family owners have sought since buying the team in 2005. There initially was some consideration of putting the museum at U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016, but ownership decided the team’s new practice was the better option.

Admission is $20 for adults, $5 for children 14 and under, and free to those under 2. During training camp, which runs through Aug. 16, only those with camp tickets can visit. After that, the museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“I was very impressed by the scale of it,” said Page, a defensive tackle who played for the Vikings from 1967-78. “This is no small undertaking. The entire museum is tastefully done.”

Page’s momentos, including the 1971 NFL MVP Trophy he donated, are on display alongside cases honoring former stars Fran Tarkenton, Jim Marshall, Mick Tingelhoff, Cris Carter and Korey Stringer, who also wore numbers that have been retired. The exhibit is called “Frozen in Time,” and the cases are made to look like they’re encased in ice.

Nearby are kiosks honoring Vikings hall of famers, with Tarkenton, Page, Tingelhoff and Carter also in that group. They include a handprint of each hall of famer, which when touched activates an information display.

“Es mi letra exacta, no es un impostor”, dijo el extremo defensivo del Salón de la Fama Carl Eller. “Cuando quisieron mi huella digital hace algunos años, no sabía para qué era, pero es genial ver qué hicieron con ella. … pensé que (el museo) estaba realmente bien hecho “.

Eller también estuvo en el evento del viernes pasado. Otro salón de la fama en la mano fueron Tingelhoff, Bud Grant y John Randle.

Grant, el entrenador de los Vikings desde 1967 hasta 1983 y en 1985, tiene la exhibición más grande en el museo para cualquier individuo. Él donó algunos artículos y prestó algunos.