Ted Mondale Oversees Vikings Stadium Build
This morning it was widely reported that the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority, which is overseeing the new Vikings Stadium build, held it’s first public meeting at the Metrodome announcing Ted Mondale as executive director. The MSFA will oversee close to a billion dollar ($975 million) budget to construct a new Minnesota Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis at the same site as the Metrodome. Gov. Mark Dayton admitted that staying on budget and completing the project on-time will be one of Mondale’s biggest challenges as head of the Authority. The State, owner Zygi Wilf and the NFL would like to see the stadium completed by the start of the 2016 NFL season. The 5 member Minnesota Sports Facility Authority replaces the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission which oversaw the Dome. The new Vikings stadium replaces the 30-year old Metrodome which saw it’s roof collapse after a snowstorm in 2010:
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.