New Vikings Stadium Design Unveiled

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tempoverhead--nfl_mezz_1280_1024Images of the New Minnesota Vikings Stadium were released tonight. It’s not very often that a community builds a new NFL Stadium so I’m taking a few minutes off from 9/11 research to do a quick post on it.

tempoutside-1--nfl_mezz_1280_1024The New Stadium has some striking features including a sloped roof (one half of which is made out of a clear material) and the end that faces Downtown Minneapolis is made of glass with some giant swinging glass doors that can stay open if it’s nice out. The roof may take some getting used to but the principal architect stated that Job 1 is to KEEP THE SNOW OFF OF THE ROOF! After the Dome roof collapsed several times in the early 80s and again in 2010 this HAD to be a primary design consideration.

tempoutside-stack2--nfl_mezz_1280_1024First and foremost it IS a football stadium:

tempfootball--nfl_mezz_1280_1024The sight lines for football will be KILLER. However the New Stadium is a multipurpose facility that will be awesome for amateur baseball:

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The Gopher baseball team is the other big winner in this facility. There was some heated debate about how far the right field wall was going to be from home plate. Zygi gave in a little and the wall is far enough away from home plate to have a real baseball field. The stadium is designed to host all kinds of events like soccer, hockey, basketball, concerts and you guessed it monster truck pulls.

I’m looking forward to 2016 when this thing opens! Skol Vikings!!!