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$975M Vikings stadium unveiled


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KTTC) -- The big question that lingered over fans was will this stadium have a retractable roof or be open air.  They got there answer Monday straight from the architect who said, "clear is the new retractable," Designer Bryan Trubey of Dallas-based HKS Architects.

The plans were unveiled to the hundreds in attendance at the Guthrie Theater.  The stadium is set to have 65,000 seats and up to 73,000 for a Superbowl.  It's a moment fans have been waiting for since the stadium bill passed last summer.

"All of us were down at the capitol a year ago at this time.  And it's a long time in the making," explained Kyle Nogursky of Zimmerman.

The Metrodome has been the Vikings home for 31 years.  And the team will hope to be playing inside the new billion dollar stadium for the 2016 season.

Here is a list of stadium specifications posted to the Vikings website shortly after the unveiling.

  • Approximately 1.6 million square feet.  
  • 65,000 seats, including some of the closest in the NFL; expandable to 73,000 for a Super Bowl.
  • Up to 125 suites and 7,500 club seats, including suites and clubs at the field level, some of which will put fans closer to the sideline than in any other NFL stadium.
  • Seven levels, including two general admission concourses with 360-degree circulation and various views into the bowl.
  • Highest quality HD video boards in the NFL located in both the east and west end zones and video ribbon boards throughout the interior of the seating bowl.
  • Over 1,200 HD flat screen televisions throughout the concourse for all fans in attendance to view the game.
  • Capability to host more events than any other large stadium in the world, including NFL football and a Super Bowl, MLS soccer, NCAA basketball and baseball, high school sporting events, motocross, concerts, conventions, marching band competitions.
  • Access points to the city and stadium site from all four sides of the stadium.
  • Large west plaza (over two acres in size) for game day, non-game day and seasonal public gatherings as a connection to the downtown corridor.
  • Lightest and most efficient roof structure in the nation for a major new stadium, which will include a single large steel super truss providing primary support for the main long span roof.
  • Largest clear ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof in the world and the first on a stadium in the nation, allowing connection to the outdoors from a climate-controlled environment.
  • Largest glass pivoting doors in the world that will open to the west plaza.
  • Application for LEED-certified status.
  • Parking ramps with skyways from the north and south sides of the stadium and connections from the facility to the downtown skyway system.
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