The design for Minnesota's new state-of-the-art stadium was officially released on Monday night, and it is a jaw-dropping sight to behold.
Just take a look at some of the beautiful images, courtesy of Vikings.com:
Of course, it's not just pretty to look at. A description of the new building, which is being designed by HKS Architects, suggests it will be a truly innovative creation:
Described as an authentic structure influenced by its Minnesota location, the new stadium exhibits a bold, progressive design that combines efficient functionality with stunning architecture. With a soaring prow, the largest transparent roof in the world, and operable doors that open to the downtown skyline, the facility’s openness and sleek geometric exterior will make it unlike any other stadium in the country.
One of the main questions surrounding the new $975 million stadium was whether it would have a retractable roof, and we now have our answer in the form of a movable window that is capable of opening up the stadium on warm days.
Simply put, that’s really cool.
Moreover, the stadium is designed so that “Vikings fans will be closer to the action than any stadium in the country.” So often fans at football games feel like they’re watching from a blimp, and it’s encouraging to see the designers take that into account.
It won’t be just for the Vikings, either, as the multi-use stadium has the versatility to host baseball games and several other events.
How would you grade this stadium design?
Many fans will forever remember the Metrodome as a landmark in Minnesota history, but its successor has the look, versatility and amenities to sufficiently take its place.
Demolition of the Metrodome, which has hosted the Vikings since 1982, is set for early 2014, while this new, unnamed stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2016 NFL season.
In the meantime, the Vikes will play their home games at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.