Minnesota Vikings reveal new stadium design

Minnesota Vikings

The new stadium will feature a translucent roof rather than a retractable roof to provide sunlight.

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.

More from SB Nation:

Why does the NFL make for such bad media?

This year's impact rookies

Buddy Nix steps down as Bills GM

Mark Sanchez could be traded if Geno Smith wins job

Wheel Routes: Dan Snyder knows the value of a name

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.