New Vikings stadium design revealed [IMAGES] [UPDATE]
Following months of speculation, the Metrodome's $975 million replacement got its big reveal in a special ceremony at the Guthrie Theater on Monday night.
In front of a crowd that included Governor Mark Dayton (wearing a Vikes-appropriate purple tie), Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Dallas-based architecture firm HKS Inc. pulled back the curtains on the new plan.
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Whether the stadium would have a retractable element was the most-discussed feature in the lead-up to the reveal.
The answer: Yes, though not in the form many were expecting. The roof won't move, but it will still let the sun in via a transparent south half, and the sides of the stadium will include five 95-foot-high sliding panels.
"We think clear is the new retractable," explained HKS's Bryan Trubey, while running through the firm's design rules ("Get the snow off the roof"). "This is a complex, almost living, breathing structure."
The stadium will be made from a lot of glass and zinc metal panels, and be "An all front-door building," Trubey said. "This is going to be the most versatile structure on the planet."
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Speakers also touted the new stadium as a jobs machine. "Over 7,500 jobs, many of which will be targeted to women and minorities, will be created from the construction of the stadium," said Michelle Kelm-Helgen, Chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Authority.
She went on to describe how -- even if, someday, the Vikings make the playoffs -- the stadium is only used for football for a fraction of the year. The rest of the time, the new building will host school and community sporting events, and even, she suggested, national and international events like Big 10 Championships and Superbowls.
"What we're really building," Kelm-Helgen said, "is a state-of-the-art, state-wide park of sorts."
Construction is expected to begin this fall, which means that now we just have to figure out how we're going to pay for it.
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