Vikings unveil plans for sleek new stadium

It’s true that $975 million will still go a long way toward building a sleek looking football stadium.

The Minnesota Vikings revealed their plans for a 65,000-seat capacity stadium on Monday night, one the club plans to break ground on beginning in October. The stadium does not feature a rectatable roof that would have pushed the project well over $1 billion but it does use transparent technology for what the team says will be the largest transparent roof in the world with the use of clear ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE).

The Vikings’ exit from the Metrodome was hastened, in part, by the collapse of the roof at that stadium due to an ice storm. The team will play in the Metrodome in 2013 before moving to TCF Bank Stadium in 2014 and 2015.

You can see plenty of pictures of the stadium plans here. It will feature large pivoting glass doors that open to the Minneapolis skyline. Seven stadium decks will surround the field and there will be two giant video boards in each end zone. Seating capacity can expand to 73,000 for major events like the Super Bowl and a skyway will connect the stadium to downtown.

One question that has not been answered is whether or not the new building will be as noisy as the Metrodome, one of the more difficult stadiums for road teams to play in throughout the NFL.

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