The first images of a design for a new stadium to house the Minnesota Vikings were revealed at an event on Monday night in front of fans, public officials and Vikings team officials. The Vikings are set to vacate the Metrodome following the 2013 season and play two years at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium before the new stadium's scheduled open in 2016.
On Monday night, Ted Glover of SB Nation's Daily Norseman offered some analysis on the new design from a Vikings fan-perspective:
This is about as cutting edge as one could imagine, but I really, really like it. The innovation with the largest pivoting glass doors in the world, to the largest clear ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof in the world and the first on a stadium in the nation, to the bowl that is level with the street as you walk in, to the modern lines and glass ceiling just combines well and works.
As mentioned by Glover, the stadium will look to be as much functional and practical as it is sharp-looking. Rather than using a retractable roof, the stadium will use ETFE to provide natural sunlight to the field and collect solar power that will make the Vikings more energy efficient.
The stadium is also designed with angled roof to make more for an easier clearance of snow after a storm in 2010 caused a collapse of the roof at the Metrodome and forced the Vikings to play their final two home games of the season elsewhere.
Visit the official website of the Vikings for a virtual tour of the stadium and a slideshow of the images revealed on Monday night.