The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), the Minnesota Vikings and architectural firm HKS Sports & Entertainment have together unveiled a design for a $975m stadium in the US.
The 1.6 million ft² stadium will be constructed on the current Metrodome site in Minneapolis, Minnesota, adding a game-day plaza on the structure’s west side.
The stadium will feature a fixed-roof to allow year-round activities and will have capacity to accommodate 65,000 spectators, expandable to 73,000 to host the Super Bowl.
The stadium will also feature 125 suites and 7,500 club seats.
The plans include an open plaza, optimised sideline seating, wide concourses, more bathrooms, increased and enhanced concessions, space for pre-game events and activities, a team store and 2,500 parking spaces.
The stadium will feature seven levels, including two general admission concourses with 360-degree circulation and various views into the bowl.
HKS says that the facility will house the largest clear ethylene tetrafluoroethylene roof in the world and will be the first on a stadium in the US, which will enable connection to the outdoors from a climate-controlled environment.
MSFA said it will submit the design package to Minneapolis Stadium Implementation Committee and the City of Minneapolis for review.
Developers are planning to break ground on the stadium in October 2013 while the demolition of the Metrodome is expected to start in early 2014.
MSFA chairman Michele Kelm Helgen said the authority wanted a design to encourage a connection into the neighborhoods, that will spur economic development and act ‘as a destination rather than a barrier’.
"The design, the amount of glass and light and the transparency makes this an iconic building that will attract a Super Bowl, NCAA basketball and baseball tournaments, world class concerts and other great events," Kelm Helgen added.
HKS has designed the facility, which will be built by Mortenson Construction, and expect it be open in time for the Vikings 2016 season.
Image: The stadium will be built on the current Metrodome site in Minneapolis. Photo: Courtesy of HKS.