Architectural firm HKS Sports & Entertainment has been selected by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and the Minnesota Vikings to design the new $975m People’s Stadium in the US.
People’s Stadium will be built on the current Metrodome site in Minneapolis, Minnesota, adding a game-day plaza on the structure’s west side.
The 1.5 million ft² stadium will include a fixed-roof to allow year-round activities and will have capacity to accommodate 65,000 spectators, expandable to 72,000 to host the Super Bowl.
The new stadium includes 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.
HKS will work with a local architectural firm for a portion of the design and the local firm will receive $34m for the design services.
HKS beat off competition from five other firms, including Populous and Aecom, to design the stadium.
In May 2012, the Minnesota Legislature and the Minneapolis City Council approved funding for the stadium.
Minnesota Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf said, "Having watched NFL games inside both of their most recent stadiums, we strongly believe HKS will deliver the ultimate game day experience for Vikings fans while also ensuring this facility serves all Minnesotans throughout the year."
Scheduled to open in 2016, People’s Stadium will be owned and operated by MSFA, which currently owns the Metrodome, and the company will also be responsible for the design and construction.
Prior to People’s Stadium, HKS designed two stadiums in the US including Cowboys Stadium in Texas and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indiana.
Image: The 1.5 million ft² People’s Stadium will be constructed on the current Metrodome site in Minneapolis. Photo: HKS.