The Minnesota Vikings have moved one step closer to building their new mega stadium with the unveiling of an artist’s renderings tonight. With lots of glass and an open concept that provides an infusion of air and light, the stadium looks, in my opinion, a lot better from the inside than it does from the outside – it’s also a long way from the old Metropolitan Stadium and Metrodome.
With comparisons from tweeters tonight on Twitter to the huge tractor carriers from Star Wars, the new stadium that is expected to cost in the billion dollar range, will keep the Vikings in Minnesota for the long-term, a move that was backed by the league when so much consternation was being passed about when it was rumored the franchise would leave the land of 10,000 lakes for the shores of the Pacific and Los Angeles.
With those rumors long gone, it’s now certain that the Vikings will be in new digs at a high cost, but for the better of the franchise and for all the other teams in the NFC North. Losing the Vikings as rivals would hurt not only the Packers, Bears and Lions, but the entire league.
So with the Vikings’ contracted lease of the Mall of America Field, aka the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, coming to an end, the team has inked a new deal with the University of Minnesota to utilize its facilities for the next couple of years while the new stadium is built.
So check out the pictures and let us know what you think.
For Vikings fans, it’s pretty exciting. For Packers fans, well, it is something … I wouldn’t say exciting, but it surely will bring about a whole new era.
In all, it’s a rather stunning piece of architecture. Here’s a video …