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No More Retractable Roof For Proposed Vikings Stadium?

August 31, 2011 by Nick in NEW STADIUM
According to the Pioneer Press Team officials said Tuesday that the proposed $1 billion-plus stadium complex in Arden Hills is no longer proposed as having a movable roof.

“The plan has evolved,” Lester Bagley, the team’s vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said Tuesday evening.

The change in plans – the stadium was envisioned as having a retractable roof when it was proposed in the spring – is an effort by the team and government officials to lower the final price tag.

By adding a fixed roof instead of a retractable one the price tag of the stadium is said to be dropped by over 30 million.

The question of WHERE the stadium will be has not changed.  The Vikings are fully committed to building a stadium in Arden Hills.  Wilf called the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant land “a perfect site” for a stadium, drawing widespread applause. The stadium complex is designed to accommodate some 65,000 fans on game day and up to 21,000 vehicles.

The current proposal is for the Vikings to contribute $407 million and the state to put in $300 million.


  1. Dan RAugust 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    To be honest, I don’t like the idea of another closed stadium. I would be much more in favor of an open air stadium. Minnesota football is ment to be played outdoors, wether it’s 85F or -10F.

    • NickAugust 31, 2011 at 5:15 pmAuthor

      Its not that I disagree with you Dan, but what use is the stadium to the state for all the months there is no football. No roof = less opportunities to make $$

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