May 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KNSI) - After months of planning and tweaks, the Vikings have unveiled their new stadium.
The presentation took place on Monday night in front of a packed house, featuring as many people with painted faces, as suits, at downtown Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater.
Set to be built on the site of the current Metrodome, the new stadium is estimated to seat over 65,000, which is up from the Metrodome's 64,121 max capacity.
The most exciting draw is sure to be the retracting walls that open up to be the entrances.
The retracting walls/entrances is something that the lead architecture firm, HKS has done before. Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts, and HKS design, also features a sliding glass wall.
HKS is not new to the stadium building game. Not only did they design Lucas Oil Stadium, but also what many consider the biggest and best stadium in North America, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
HKS stressed the importance of using Minnesota's European heritage in the design.
The stadium is estimated to cost 975 million dollars and is scheduled to open in 2016.
The Vikings will play the next three seasons at TCF Bank Stadium, the home field of the University of Minnesota Gophers.
Back in 1979, the Metrodome cost 124 million dollars to build.
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