Long-time vikings fan to create new stadium

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Mark Williams, a long time Vikings fan and architect, will design the $975 million stadium to replace the Metrodome, Star Tribune reports.

Williams, 49, is a Marshalltown native and remembers taking the four-hour drive to the Minneapolis Metrodome as a child to watch his favorite team in action. Now, he is working with HKS inc. to design the stadium to replace it.

HKS was chosen to design the "Metrodome Next" on Friday. The firm, along with Williams, designed the stadiums for the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis colts. The firm was chosen because of its experience with retractable roofs, an important feature in the new Vikings stadium, Finance & Commerce reports.

Williams said designing a 65,000 seat stadium that will fit into downtown Minneapolis setting will not be easy, but is confident it can be done with flair and with in the city's budget.

"There's nothing better than to watch people walk into a stadium you and your firm have worked on for years and watch the faces," Williams said. "It makes all that hard work worthwhile."


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