An artist's rendering of the exterior of the Vikings' new stadium.

Minnesota Vikings unveil new stadium design renderings & video

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.

Here’s what the Vikings’ new stadium is being compared to … it’s OK to laugh out loud here …

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 …

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  • Billy Schwandt

    Wow what a show piece and will have all the bells and whistles! It will have the feel of an open air stadium with the comforts of home. With the flexibility the stadium will bring in many top events and will be book all the time bringing in much money to the Twincities! SKOL VIKINGS!

  • Rob

    Just one complaint — I would have preferred at least a retractable roof, so when Packer fans leave the stadium each year after the Packers/Vikings game, the stadium could be aired out in time for the next game.

    • twrdh

      That’s why the glass walls on the west end open up. It makes for a much better looking design than a hideous retractable roof.

  • Rob

    The good news is, I hear they’re using all bullet-proof glass, so when the roudy Detroit fans come to town to watch their Lions get spanked by the Vikings, they won’t cause too much damage.