New Vikings stadium: Latest renderings show baseball, basketball, soccer configurations [IMAGES]
Though we have our doubts about the Gophers being able to pack the house, this is ideally what the new stadium will look like for baseball.
UPDATE: MLS officially nixed a Vikings-owned soccer franchise in March 2015, so we won't be seeing any MLS teams in the Vikings stadium any time soon. The MLS Commissioner also gave Minnesota an ultimatum: Get a stadium deal in place by July 2015 or no dice on a state franchise.
We're all in the habit of calling it the new Vikings stadium, so it's easy to forget that the place will host more than just football.
The latest renderings released by HKS architects show what the place will look like when configured for baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, and even motorsports events.
Like the Metrodome, the new Vikings stadium will feature retractable seats that can be rolled up for baseball, Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, told us.
"The way we've designed the stadium, we'll have 54 rows of retractable seating on the right-field side of the stadium," Kelm-Helgen said. "It'll be a multi-purpose facility."
Kelm-Helgen and her colleagues are trying to woo the NCAA to bring the basketball Final Four to the new stadium once it opens in 2016, and firm plans are already in place for the U of M baseball team to play its spring schedule there.
"In the spring, over 500 baseball games have been played in the Metrodome and the same will be true in the new stadium," she said.
As for soccer, Kelm-Helgen said "there's discussions going on with the MLS about getting an MLS franchise here but nothing that's finalized."
Without further ado, here's the rest of the renderings:
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