The Minnesota Vikings have unveiled the details of the state’s new $975 million stadium in Minneapolis. HKS Sports & Entertainment Group’s design calls for a sleek geometric exterior highlighted by a massive prow, expansive transparent roof, and doors that open to the downtown skyline.
HKS says factors such as climate, geography, history of civic structures, and technology influenced the design of the 1.6 million-square-foot stadium. The roof’s southern half, built using ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), gives the feeling of outdoor seating without exposure to Minnesota’s sometimes unforgiving weather. Seven stadium decks will surround the field, while five 95-foot-tall pivoting glass doors lead to a two-acre plaza.
“The design reflects the true story of the Minnesota community with its international style driven by climatic response and energy conservation,” says Bryan Trubey, design principal of HKS Sports & Entertainment Group. “The interior volume makes it the most versatile, multiuse building in the country with the most advanced digital age technology.”
Next, the design will go to the City of Minneapolis for review and approval. Groundbreaking is scheduled for October, with demolition of the existing 31-year-old Metrodome stadium starting in early 2014. The Vikings will play at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for two years, until the new stadium is expected to open in time for the 2016 NFL season.