New Vikings stadium design revealed [IMAGES] [UPDATE]

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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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"It's not going to be like the Metrodome, isolated from activity," said Dayton in his remarks leading up to the reveal. "With all due respect to the critics, they will be proven wrong."

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.

For more images and building stats, click over to page two.

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joemannix59
joemannix59

It looks like a day old chinese take-out carton ... come undone.

sixwordsperminute
sixwordsperminute

it looks like something that will smith has saved the human race from before, perhaps we can call on him again?

marteani
marteani

Let's not mince words here.  The FULL QUOTE is: "What we're really building is a state of the art, indoor, statewide park of sorts that will be used by thousands of Minnesotans throughout the years," Kelm-Helgen said.


Please describe to me, in detail, the MYRIAD of other events that will be held here the 357 days a year the Vikings do not play.  Describe how this stadium will be available easily and at not at all exorbitant costs to all Minnesotans.  ELABORATE.  If you want to say that this isn't a "Viking Stadium" so much as a "large box for everyone to use" you're going to have to prove that everyone is able to and wants to use it.

minneforever
minneforever

I love the fact that they are trying to make this stadium different.  Why not go out on a limb and come up with something that is going to make the rest of the world come and want to see what you have created.  Nobody wants to go somewhere that is going to be the same as what you have in your own neighborhood. Where there is a will there is a way.... if there are initial problems with a project they will be worked out.  The vikings wont be the only ones that use this facility.  With all new buildings come events.... things like superbowls, ncaa basketball tournament games, monster trucks, dirt bike races, gopher baseball games, twins fest, and many other events.  When these events come to town it brings a lot of revenue to the twin cities.  Anyone who wants to dispute that needs to go down to st paul and talk to the businesses that endured the hockey strike this year and see what the events at the x mean to them.  in time this stadium will more than pay for itself with the money brought in because of it.  

CoolDude
CoolDude

That glass roof isn't going to be much good when it snows, or combined with the zinc will superheat the interior in the summer. Good luck with that LEED cert when the hvac unit takes up a city block.

Kenosha 'Kenny' Washington
Kenosha 'Kenny' Washington

Interesting functionality concepts and interesting design concepts but the execution of the combined two arent very functional or attractive to me. Why not throw some Solar Panels on the damn thing and be more eco friendly. Plus the tax dollars could go to Schools and Education the GAP still exsists people. Why do we need this stadium Right Now during an economic downturn? Sorry to be a Purple People Eatter but Hell the Vikings arent going to the SuperBowl anytime soon.

Love Dustin Thomas
Love Dustin Thomas

why do we devote our resources to bread and circus when we could be cleaning up our rivers and lakes and making MN a model eco-paradise? to sell beer?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

All you people that complain about the stadium should move to South Dakota.  They have low taxes but no football stadium.  Your culture can be playing slot machines at the local gas station and fine dining at this cute Irish place I know called McDonalds.   Great societies spend money on great public works.   What is the point of being alive if we don't build great things?   I think it looks nice and will bring happiness.  Just because we build a stadium doesn't mean we can't spend lots of schools and healthcare.  I'd rather build a stadium than bomb Iran.  This is a good thing that will bring happiness to lots of people in our society.  

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

Wow. Quit whining about how ugly it is or how much taxpayer money is being spent on it. What you SHOULD be whining about is the fact that even to get a general admission ticket is most likely gonna cost more than most people in this state get back in taxes at the end of the year.

ilovesaintpaul
ilovesaintpaul

I completely disagree with many of the comments on this article. I think it looks bold and stunning. It's a work of art that befits a great, modern city. Wait 20 years and judge it then, folks. I think it's great.

Gunnar Sturm
Gunnar Sturm

looks like what we have but with a bit of a of a pop out roof and some glass,,?coluld have done better

guitarstar8
guitarstar8

Looks like McNamara Alumni Center on the U of M campus.

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

Imagine if we wasted all that money on health care, education or road construction..... priorities right?

Laura Hill
Laura Hill

Couldn't find anything better to do with the money, huh? I could think of a few things... Homeless, Education, Food shelves...

Jim Hall
Jim Hall

Another waste of money. When do I get my place of business paid for? Our building is getting old.

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

I am glad the "looks like a boat" thing is really abstract and not noticeable at all on the ground.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Where are the photographs of Zigi Wilf wiping his butt with hundreds of taxpayer dollars?

lukepow
lukepow

@marteaniThere is actually an incredibly long list of events that take place at the Metrodome during the year. You would be surprised at just how many community events take place in the stadium that we don’t hear about in the news. If you were to look through all the photos you would see mockups of a couple of the primary examples, like University of Minnesota Baseball and the Hmong Festival.This was one of the toughest parts of the negotiation process, ensuring that the stadium would remain a community center as well as a pro sports facility.The people negotiating the deal also had to worry about where they would house these events during the construction.I understand that it is easy to have a strong reaction to something like this but I would urge you to do your research before posting exasperated comments.

andrewsalveson
andrewsalveson

Nevermind the numerous studies that have shown the exact opposite to be true.You are either an idiot or a hired gun.

Maxwell2112
Maxwell2112

@MicheleBachmann Well I mean you could spend that money on schools and heathcare and cleaning up the city but your not going too. I mean once we spend more on sports stadiums and less on schooling we can have more uneducated morons like yourself running around.  The highest paid public workers in our states are our college sports coaches, not the teachers or the principals but the coaches, and you wonder why the country is getting dumber?  Look no further than our great leaders.

keny1
keny1

@ilovesaintpaul Minneapolis is a "modern city"? HAHA! You apparently haven't traveled very much. The only people who think Minneapolis is a "modern city" have only traveled to Fargo, ND.

marteani
marteani

@lukepow I assume then that with all of these guaranteed events going on the stadium will then make back in no time this formidable investment?

keny1
keny1

@MicheleBachmann And BTW, the Vikings are not a public organization. They are owned by the 1%.....you know, those people you hate so much.......... 

MicheleBachmann
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@keny1 oh keny you are nothing but a racist dumbass.  No one cares what you say.  

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