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Old July 18th, 2008, 09:55 PM   #1
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MINNEAPOLIS - New Vikings Stadium (65,115)

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Final schematic design from HKS Architects inc.

Main entry perspective from the light rail station



The stadium in it's site



Seating bowl perspective



New development + park adjacent to stadium



Expected details
- capacity 65,115: expandible to 73,000 for Suporbowls, World Cup etc.
- Fixed, largely transparent Roof
- Largest pivoting doors in the world, 5 x 95'-50'
- 1.65 million gsf
- +/- 125 suites
- +/- 8,100 club seats in 6 different clubs
- Large commercial/residential development with two city block park towards downtown
- Large public plazas
-Completion summer 2016


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Previously:

2008 scheme:

Ellerbe Becket just released the first conceptuals for the latest stadium proposal for the Vikings, officially from the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (not the Vikings) requested these. The Vikings are believed to be working on a different proposal for the same location, probably with HOK, those plans should be available some time in August.

This plan involves using much of the infrastructure from the Metrodome, and possibly some of the existing structure. This is somewhat cheaper than the last plan, at about $850 million (still high, although $100 million less than last year's, and a little over half of the price of the new Meadowlands)
I am not entirely sure about the exterior, but if this idea does end up going through it will probably change a fair bit.

Interior render




exterior perspective


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Link to Ellerbe plan
http://www.ellerbebecket.com/success..._Edition_.html
There have already been 4 serious proposals in the last seven years, so it's no sure thing, but the Metrodome lease expires in 2011 so something will probably be underway by then.

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Old July 18th, 2008, 10:08 PM   #2
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Very nice, but how many attempts are they going to have before one gets built? Are they having a competition with Anfield to see who can abort the most projects?
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Old July 18th, 2008, 10:20 PM   #3
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very nice, will be very interesting to see how it looks when finished
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Old July 18th, 2008, 10:21 PM   #4
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Oh I don't know that they could beat Liverpool, they are on stanley park version 8 or something. But this is more promising than the previous proposals because it is getting cheaper than last years. Now if the Wilf's will contribute $250 million and leave control of the naming rights to the state plus some from the NFL then it starts to look more probable. Asking the state for $700 million is a lot different from asking the state for $300-400 million. What is really standing in the way is the current state of the economy and number of large projects currently going up in the state (including a 50,200 stadium and a 40,500 seat ballpark).
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can somebody post the old proposals?
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Very nice, but how many attempts are they going to have before one gets built? Are they having a competition with Anfield to see who can abort the most projects?
That's funny and amazing someone from England would have so much knowledge of the subject. I was thinking the same thing yesterday though when I read about this. This is Minnesota however and I thank my lucky stars it isn't the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and their various state governments.
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can somebody post the old proposals?

some older ones




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so the current projecz isn't really a new one
just a newer version of this one
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No it is an entirely different design from a different architect (the last one was from HOK/ROMA), just on the same site. This one has apparently been sitting on the shelf at Ellerbe Becket for a couple years sort of as a pet project, supposedly the vikings weren't as interested in this idea at the time (maybe during their Blaine proposal). However the MSFC (who own and operate the Metrodome) really do like this idea, especially since it reuses portions of the dome. The idea is to tear down 3 sides of the Metrodome, rotate the field 90 degrees and use the east sideline as an endline stand, while new stands are constructed on the other sides. because they are planning to use the same site and rotating the field the west endzone has a very small stand, to avoid rerouting the road and light rail line on the northwest edge of the site.
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are the Vikings going to play at Minnesota's new stadium while they build this one?
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glad to see the vikings are building a stadium with a retractable roof. i couldn't imagine a team that far north playing in an outdoor stadium.
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Can you imagine Green Bay playing outdoors, or does that blow your mind? The weather in Minneapolis isn't any worse, and not that much different from Chicago.

The Vikings could still draw fine without the roof, Zygi Wilf the owner doesn't want it, a large portion of our fan base does not either. However to host Super Bowls and Final Fours this is the type of facility needed, which is probably needed to secure state funding.
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are the Vikings going to play at Minnesota's new stadium while they build this one?
Yes the assumption is (and it's pretty safe to assume) that they would spend the two or so seasons playing at the U of M.
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I'm not sure I understand, does U of M have a new stadium too? If so could not both teams share the same facility?
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Old July 19th, 2008, 04:58 AM   #15
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That exterior is mindblowing.
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I'm not sure I understand, does U of M have a new stadium too? If so could not both teams share the same facility?
The University is currently building a stadium (TCF Bank Stadium), scheduled to open in '09. The Vikings could play there for a year or two during construction, but that's all. TCF will have a capacity of ~50k, and will be far short of the necessary suites the Vikings would require for a permanent stadium.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 08:33 AM   #17
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what's awesome is how open that one end would be with the roof and glass wall open. Its what I was hoping they would do with one end of the Cowboys new stadium
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it needs a bigger stand (two tiers) on the side that's open otherwise it looks great
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the stadium looks amazing. Just hope that I dont have to see Brett Favre starting for the Vikings in it.
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it needs a bigger stand (two tiers) on the side that's open otherwise it looks great
I am sure they would ,however they are rotating the field 90 degrees and trying not to extend past the current site boundary because a major road as well as a light rail line run along that side of the site, and moving them would cause a mess of congestion while they were rerouted, not to mention the LRT line is just a couple years old.
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