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New Vikings stadium design revealed [IMAGES] [UPDATE]

New Vikings stadium design revealed [IMAGES] [UPDATE]
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:::: UPDATE :::: Vikings unveil stadium design: Top 10 tweets

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.
  The east view:

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Fast facts about the new stadium, via the Vikings website:

  • Approximately 1.6 million square feet.
  • 65,000 seats, including some of the closest in the NFL; expandable to 73,000 for a Super Bowl.
  • Up to 125 suites and 7,500 club seats, including suites and clubs at the field level, some of which will put fans closer to the sideline than in any other NFL stadium.
  • Seven levels, including two general admission concourses with 360-degree circulation and various views into the bowl.
  • Highest quality HD video boards in the NFL located in both the east and west end zones and video ribbon boards throughout the interior of the seating bowl.
  • Over 1,200 HD flat screen televisions throughout the concourse for all fans in attendance to view the game.
  • Capability to host more events than any other large stadium in the world, including NFL football and a Super Bowl, MLS soccer, NCAA basketball and baseball, high school sporting events, motocross, concerts, conventions, marching band competitions.
  • Access points to the city and stadium site from all four sides of the stadium.
  • Large west plaza (over two acres in size) for game day, non-game day and seasonal public gatherings as a connection to the downtown corridor.
  • Lightest and most efficient roof structure in the nation for a major new stadium, which will include a single large steel super truss providing primary support for the main long span roof.
  • Largest clear ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof in the world and the first on a stadium in the nation, allowing connection to the outdoors from a climate-controlled environment.
  • Largest glass pivoting doors in the world that will open to the west plaza.
  • Application for LEED-certified status.
  • Parking ramps with skyways from the north and south sides of the stadium and connections from the facility to the downtown skyway system.

The north view:

New Vikings stadium design revealed [IMAGES] [UPDATE]
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New Vikings stadium design revealed [IMAGES] [UPDATE]
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Even more images on page three.

 
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Here's one image from HKS's original proposal. The architecture firm won the bid in October 2012:

New Vikings stadium design revealed [IMAGES] [UPDATE]
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