If you like glass, you’re going to love the new Minnesota Vikings stadium that will soon shine on downtown’s east side.
The new football stadium will have an enormous clear roof that slants downward toward to the south and also boast the largest pivoting glass doors in the world, according to designs revealed by HKS Inc. Architects on May 13.
The architects are applying for LEED certification and plan to use the glass roof to collect sunlight that can heat the facility in the wintertime.
“Clear is the new retractable," said Bryan Trubey, the lead architect for the project.
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, team officials, politicians and the people putting the new stadium together unveiled the plans in front of fans and media at the Guthrie. A two-minute virtual tour through the new stadium drew lots of “oohs” and “ahs.”
“This is going to be an internationally well-known, famous building,” said Tom Fisher, dean of the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. “It’s going to be the most sustainable stadium in the world.”
Mayor R.T. Rybak said the stadium would pull different areas of the city together: Downtown, the University of Minnesota, the Mississippi River and neighborhoods.
“It will bring a whole piece of the city together, place that otherwise would have been parking lots,” Rybak said.
Plans call for the stadium to be versatile — it will be able to accommodate soccer games, baseball games, basketball games, motocross and concerts.
“We know this is a multi-purpose facility, and the idea is not just for Vikings games, but something for all of the people of Minnesota to enjoy year-round,” said Vikings President Mark Wilf, calling the venue “iconic.”
The Vikings stadium bill was approved one year ago. The $975 price tag to build the facility will be funded through city sales taxes, a team contribution and a state-run electronic pulltab game, which has been falling short of projections.
HKS Inc. is designing the stadium and Mortenson Construction of Golden Valley will build the facility.
The Metrodome is scheduled for demolition this winter. The Vikings will play two seasons at TCF Bank Stadium and the new stadium is expected to be ready for the 2016 NFL season.
New Vikings stadium, by the numbers
1.6 million square feet
65,000 seats, with the ability to add another 8,000 for a Super Bowl
Two HD video boards, each 50 feet tall and 120 feet wide
1,200 HD flat screen TVs throughout the stadium
2-acre plaza on west side of stadium