Posted May 13, 2013

Vikings unveil pictures of new stadium design

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The new Vikings' stadium design. (Minnesota Vikings)

The new Vikings’ stadium design. (Minnesota Vikings)

The Minnesota Vikings unveiled photos of their new stadium’s design on Monday, which the organization said would make it capable of hosting more events than any other stadium in the world.

“Tonight’s unveiling showcases a bold, iconic design delivered by HKS,” Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf said in a statement. “Not only is this facility unique to Minnesota, but the stadium will also provide Vikings fans with the best game-day experience in the NFL, which has always been our goal.”

Some of the stadium’s proposed features includes what the organization described as the largest transparent roof, which is possible from the first use of clear ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) in a stadium in the U.S. The team said that the stadium would also have the biggest “glass pivoting doors” of any stadium, which will open to the Minneapolis skyline.

Groundbreaking for the new 65,000-seat stadium will take place in October 2013, and the new stadium is scheduled to open in the 2016 season. The stadium is expected to cost $975 million.

You can see more images of the new stadium here.


42 comments
DavidDonze
DavidDonze

Looks  like the Jawa's droid collection vehicle...

akmdaman
akmdaman

Not nearly as good as the falcons design.

foeman
foeman

Holy crap is that ugly.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Vikings stadium? Try Taxpayer Highway Robbery. Why are taxpayers paying a billion dollars to build a stadium for a highly profitable football team, owned by a billionaire (who doesn't even live in Minnesota) for multimillionaire players? Oh, but the Vikings will pay $15 million per year in rent - not much of a return on a BILLION dollars! That is the same as renting a $200K house for $3000 per year! Good luck finding that deal!

 

Let those who will use the stadium - the ticketholders - foot the cost. 95% of Minnesotan's will never attend a game in the Taj Mahal - but they will pay for it!

Stewart3
Stewart3

if the owners want it  let them build it without tax payer help

 

Huffy1680
Huffy1680

As a 49ers fan I'll take our field of jeans that is coming along nicely over something that looks like that, going to be a great last year though at the Stick.

JohnT1
JohnT1

You will see people copying this design in the future! The typical stodgy stadiums that are out there now will be obsolete by the time this is built in 2016!

PhD2014
PhD2014

I struggle with this. I am a huge football fan and a stadium can really help a city. However, education across the nation is severely underfunded and 400 million would really help the children of Minnesota.

steve6
steve6

That thing is god awful.  They can't possibly be serious about building that.  

Richard67
Richard67

Hopefully, seeing this great new stadium rise over Minneapolis will cause its critics to all suffer fatal convulsions, ridding the planet of useless nattering nabobs of negativity.   I'm so hopeful and just loving the future already.

mwr5053
mwr5053

Maybe they'll reconsider after they read your critique. The good people of Minnesota would be smart not too build uber modern - it's just not what they need. More sweaters with color coordinated turtlenecks are necessary in the extreme cold - they'll remember that on a frosty morning when it's time to break ground in late October.

Redwings1926
Redwings1926

I don't care for it. I prefer a more classy look, like that of Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Colts play. I don't understand why some are into these uber modern designs, like Dallas and Arizona. They generally don't age well. Prime example, look at those wonderful cookie-cutter facilities built in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. They may have seemed cutting edge in their day, but look hideous today. In contrast, the older, classier looking buildings are like blue jeans and leather jackets in that they never go out of style. 

dhdelaney
dhdelaney

 @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius one thing that can be said for Robert Kraft of the Patriots, he built his stadium with his own money.  The only thing the state did was to improve roads, run  a rail line, and upgrade safety.  Not a bad way to build a stadium.  This is common in Massachusetts. You would never see public monies FUND the thing.

rovibe71
rovibe71

 @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

 Relax.  The stadium costs a billion dollars, and taxpayers are only paying half of that.  Second, most of those dollars will come from legalized gambling revenues and user taxes, so people who don't want to contribute don't have to.  Go read something before you spout off on it.  

rovibe71
rovibe71

 @Stewart3  The owners don't get to own the stadium.  The state of Minnesota will own it.  So why should the owners of the Vikings have to pay for something they only get to use for 10 days a year? 

Redwings1926
Redwings1926

 @JohnT1 

 

What design? This looks just like the new NFL stadiums in Arizona and Dallas, like something the Jetsons or the Brady Bunch would have thought was cool. If anything, they're copying their designs.

 

I'm willing to bet that radical designs like this will become obsolete a lot sooner than the likes of Ford Field, Lucas Oil Stadium, Heinz Field, the refurbished Lambeau Field, or Soldier Field, before they landed a space ship in the middle of it that is. In 15 years, people will be looking at these designs the same way they do pea-green living room furniture, and orange formica kitchens. 

 

I will say this however, at least it looks better than that thing in Arizona. That stadium literally likes like a big toaster. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @PhD2014 Enough of the sobbing.  First off, this money was earmarked for a particular purpose, which is to build a stadium.  It was not just pulled from an education fund at the last moment.  Secondly, you folks are constantly whining about how every dollar should be spent on education, never bothering to consider the billions, scratch that, trillions,  that have been spent on a broken system run by incompetent, overpaid bureaucrats that provides an inferior product.   Our education system is exhibit A for the argument that pouring more money at a problem does not necessarily create better results.

rovibe71
rovibe71

 @PhD2014

Give it a rest.  During the last World Cup games, there was a study that showed how many of the nations competing in the games scored better than students in the USA on math and science tests despite have much lower funding.  It was ridiculous.  Money is NOT the answer!  How is money going to make a student care to study?  How will it make his or her parent care to ask them if they have any homework and make sure tehy get it completed?  How will it make a teacher care to reach out to the parents if the student appears to be struggling in class?  Money won't do ANY of those things.  People have to CARE about education.       

geeon1
geeon1

@steve6 Actually the stadium looks great:if it stays as is it will generate power during the games and be quite servicable.

geeon1
geeon1

@Richard67 Lovee the stadium hate the funding: I strongly oppose tax money for any stadium: especially when the NFL makes money hands over fist.

geeon1
geeon1

@Redwings1926 I disagree here: The stadium looks great. Will be functional and help pay for itself over time. The vikings will be happy here for years to come.

geeon1
geeon1

@rovibe71 @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius part of the problem is ( Falcons too) that visitors to the area , regardless of being a football fan or not, are paying added taxes to fund it. So those who don't want to contribute are indeed forced to contribute regardless.

skarabrae
skarabrae

 @rovibe71  @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius  Speaking of reading before you spout off. The legalized gambling has been a spectacular failure to the point that the state legislature is considering scrapping the project. And anyone and everyone that buys a drink, eats a meal or stays in a hotel in Minneapolis gets to pay for it, regardless of whether they know who the Vikings are or not.

geeon1
geeon1

@rovibe71 @Stewart3 becasue the NFL is richer than GOD and should pay all the stadium expenses not the taxpayers. Will this stadium house other events for the city/State to make money on? If so that helps a little bit.

geeon1
geeon1

@JoeCabot @PhD2014 The money is pulled from the taxpayers in one form or the other it should be used for the entire populace not just for the vikings:

geeon1
geeon1

@rovibe71 @PhD2014 Ahh Rovibe sorry i disagree: Yearly our public Unionized teachers get auto raises, that money would have been far better being put aside for the teachers rather than watching our teachers being forced out.

Redwings1926
Redwings1926

 @rovibe71  @PhD2014 

 

This is America, where money is the answer to everything. People say "hey, maybe if we throw enough money at our problems, they'll just go away". 

 

At the same time, I understand the other side of the argument about spending public money to fund someone's billion dollar toy, but it's the nature of the beast, and I can't say I totally blame cities. 

Redwings1926
Redwings1926

 @BrosephVanSlyke  @Redwings1926 

 

Ron Burgandy? I'm convinced you're an idiot with poor taste, who actually thinks Lady Gaga is good music. 

 

All kidding aside, whenever I go out wearing a leather jacket, I'm likely to get comments, and even turn a few heads. Now, try doing the same in orange bell-bottoms and cowboy boots, and see where that gets you. Sorry bud, this design is more along the lines of bell-botoms and cowboy boots. 

geeon1
geeon1

@rovibe71 @skarabrae @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius Non Viking fans and visitors to minnesota should not be paying a dime into the stadium. The NFl is rich beyond belief, they could easily fund the stadiums but choose to have the taxpayers do it.

rovibe71
rovibe71

 @skarabrae  @rovibe71  @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

 I realize the legalized gambling hasn't returned the revenues they thought it would.  But the point is, it's gong to remain in place for the lifetime of the stadium.  It's still going to produce millions every year.  You are asserting that this is going to cost people living in Duluth who don't want to pay for it, and that's  simply false.  There are user taxes all over the place not just on hotels, bu on merchandise and other Vikings user-specific taxes -- all designed to spare non-participants.  Go read the bill.  I have.   

geeon1
geeon1

@rovibe71 @Stewart3 Simple Rovibe: They wanted the new stadium. So should they not pay for it? I am not bashing the Vikings at all btw: I am bashing the NFL in total for not springing for the stadium. Please note that the NFL has lots of say in what designs are even looked at.

rovibe71
rovibe71

 @geeon1  @rovibe71  @Stewart3

 Obviously you haven't followed this issue closely.  the Metrodome hosted over 300 events last year.  The new stadium is designed to be an even more atttractive option.  Vikings = 10 days per year.  Other = 290+ days per year.  Why in the world would the Vikings pay the full cost of a stadium where they will be the ones using it only 3% of the time?  They're paying over $400 million toward the construction -- almost HALF.  But they'll be the tenant 3% of the time it's getting used.  Seems to me the Vikings should be the ones complaining.  Tell me something -- if you went to Hertz to rent a car for noe day and they said you needed to pay half the replacement cost, say... $8,000 -- would you think that's fair?  That's essentially what is happening here, but you people bash the Viknigs.  Unreal.        

Redwings1926
Redwings1926

 @TS 

 

$25? More like $125, 13 years ago. The point I was making is that radical designs typically don't age well. What do you think led to the retro-stadium boom of the 90s and 2000s? 

TS
TS

 @Redwings1926 Sorry. I couldn't get past the part about you 'getting comments and even turning few heads' with your leather jacket. That was $25 well spent.

Redwings1926
Redwings1926

 @TS 

 

If you had read my post in its entirety, you would have noticed that I did. 

TS
TS

Some people like Crocs too. May want stick with original topic.