The yet-to-be-named multi-purpose facility will have a translucent roof and moveable front windows.
Bryan Trubey, the lead architect for the project for the Dallas-based HKS Sports and Entertainment Group, presented images to a crowd of fans, public officials and members of the Vikings organization.
The event took place at the Guthrie Theater, a few blocks from where the stadium will be built in downtown Minneapolis.
It will replace the 31-year-old Metrodome, which the Vikings will vacate after the 2013 season. They’ll play outside at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium for two years while the new venue is under construction.
In 2016, the Vikings will move back indoors. From the look of the new 65,000-seat building, though, they’ll feel a little like they’re playing in the elements, albeit with a controlled climate and protection from the rain, wind and snow.
“It’s a beautiful building,” center John Sullivan said after the unveiling.
The steeply pitched roof will let natural light stream in, making the covered, glass-centric stadium seem more like it’s outside. Trubey said the covering will be the world’s largest transparent roof.
“Clear is the new retractable,” he said.
Like the aquatics center in Beijing built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the southern half of the stadium’s roof will be built with a material known as ETFE, ethylene tetrafluoroethylene. The solar power generated from the sun that streams in will help make the building more energy-efficient.
The slope of the roof will also allow for easier snow removal. The Metrodome’s Teflon roof infamously collapsed during a storm in December 2010, forcing the Vikings to play their last two home games that season elsewhere.<< previous 1 2 3 4 next >>