The Minnesota Vikings were forced to do quite a bit of campaigning to gain approval from the city to build a new stadium in the Twin Cities.
However, with approval finally granted, the next steps were the renderings and designs of the actual stadium. On Monday night, in the Guthrie Theater, the organization officially unveiled those designs for public consumption.
The 2013 season will be the final one played in the aging Metrodome. The new stadium should not be finished until the 2016 campaign, but the Vikings have already reached an agreement with the University of Minnesota to share the Gophers’ TFC Bank Stadium in 2014 and 2015.
“Tonight’s unveiling showcases a bold, iconic design delivered by HKS,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf, according to Vikings.com. “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.”
“Vikings fans will be closer to the action than any stadium in the country,” said Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf. “The combination of operable end walls with a clear roof and large windows throughout the facility will give fans the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds: an outdoor feel with protection from the elements.”
The new stadium will be state run and host far more than simply football games. The city and franchise are hoping to host MLS games, World Cups game, concerts and all sorts of high school football and marching band events.
All Photos courtesy Vikings.com