Ted Mondale Oversees Vikings Stadium Build
The final stadium architectural plans haven’t been revealed but we do know it will have a larger footprint than the Dome and allow for some tailgating as before but with a nicer pavilion area. In this artist rendering the stadium is shown with a fixed-roof structure:
But many insiders have said the under-a-billion budget won’t allow for a retractable roof which would allow the Vikings (and their rivals) to play in the harsh Minnesota winters and get back to their tougher “purple people eater” image of long ago but at the same time allowing the stadium to be used year-round for other events. Many fans were hoping for either an open roof stadium or a retractable roof.
The new stadium is expected to take 3 years to build, hold 65,000 fans (expandable to 72,000 to host the Super Bowl), keep the Vikings in Minnesota for another 30 years and utilize $348 million in funds from the state and $150 million from the city as well as $477 million in private funding including money from the NFL and stadium naming rights.
You can keep up to date on major announcements from the Vikings regarding the stadium on their site here: