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What Do You Think of The Latest Vikings Stadium Sketches?

The Vikings released new concept images Monday.

The same day as the House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee signed off on the Vikings stadium bill, the team released concept sketches of what a stadium might look like on the site currently under discussion.

The proposed 1.5 million-square-foot “Downtown East” stadium would be built on the current Metrodome site for an estimated $975 million. It would have 65,000 seats that would be expandable to 72,000 seats for a Super Bowl. There would be 7,500 club seats and 120 to 150 suites. It would also have a multipurpose, fixed roof in contrast to public requests earlier in the stadium process for a retractable roof.

The stadium proposal will next go to the Rules and Regulatory Reform Committee, along with a companion bill that gives greater tax relief to charities involved in stadium financing.

Until then, take a look at the images the Vikings released Monday and tell us what you think. Is it aesthetically pleasing? Does it fit in with the downtown feel? Is it an improvement over other ideas?

john June 07, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Not at the scale that I've sketched, but Conceptually it could work , . The idea that the building has green roof (see the Convention Hall in Vancouver) and that it acts as a public space beyond football or concerts. I hope the designers don't go nostalgic, like Lucas Field or hyper generic futuristic, like the Staples Center... Maybe reflect some local building materials....woods..timbers...
Mike Schoemer June 07, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I like that idea of incorporating local materials and even design. If you look at Safeco, down by the waterfront in Seattle, it blends in so well with the cranes and other big structures in the harbor that it just looks like it belongs. It's a great little area down there.
john June 07, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Lower the profile by lowering the play surface below grade. The benefit is a lower profile building that is insulated by the ground, as well as having an accessible roof line...a gentle rolling hill...for bobsleding in the winter, concerts in the summer..
rob_h78 June 07, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Haven't we heard enough about a Vikings stadium? Seems like a lot of time to waste on a team that hasn't even won a Super Bowl.
john June 07, 2012 at 07:26 PM
If that were a criteria for discussion , then the discussion prematute. You suggest thinking, planning, designing, and building a stadium Only once a team has won a super bowl is more appropriate..? It takes a long time to build a stadium...

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