Minnesota Vikings Unveil Images For New Stadium

As already announced, the Minnesota Vikings will be replacing the 31-year-old Metrodome that they have been playing in for most of the franchise’s history. The new stadium will be under construction for two years until it is ready for venue in 2016.

"It's a beautiful building," center John Sullivan said after the unveiling. "Clear is the new retractable."

“It’s a beautiful building,” center John Sullivan said after the unveiling. “Clear is the new retractable.”

The Vikings players will literally see the light. The new building (which is set to have 65,000 capacity) will feature a translucent roof and moveable front windows. The Vikings will vacate the Metrodome for the 2013 season. They will play outdoors for two years at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium until the stadium is ready in time for the 2016 season. The steeply pitched roof will let natural light in, making the covered, glass-centric seem more like it’s outside. The slope of the roof will also allow for easier snow removal. The Metrodome’s Teflon roof infamously collapsed during a snow storm in December 2010, forcing the Vikings to play elsewhere for their last two home games that season. The $975 million project is set to be constructed during the 2013 NFL season.

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