Vikings hopeful for retractable roof in new stadium

The Minnesota Vikings are diligently working to put together a team of workers to assist in the planning and construction of the new stadium that was approved this spring.

It’s a massive undertaking and while it will be a public stadium that will be used to hopefully lure major basketball events like the NCAA Final Four, soccer and baseball at many different levels, it will be the home to the Vikings.

Right now, the $975 million project is expected to be a fixed-roof facility. But Lester Bagley, a vice president for the club and the team’s point man all along on the stadium project, tells Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the goal is to make it a retractable-roof stadium.

We need to make sure this facility works for our fans and our organization,” Bagley said. “We have to make sure we get everything with a $975 million budget. It's a fixed-roof facility, but if we can cut costs, manage costs, our goal is to have a retractable feature. Some retractable feature, we think, is important. That's the one thing we're working on.”

Certainly that is an element that would be nice. But just about anything will be a welcome upgrade from the Metrodome.

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