Vikings Unveil Stadium Idea
The Vikings unveiled plans for a new downtown stadium Sunday that would be opened in 2012. However,unlike another current Metrodome tennant, the Twins, the Vikings idea is still just a dream, since it has yet to be approved by the state. The stadium would cost nearly $1 billion and would be situated where the Metrodome is now.
The Vikings current Metrodome lease expires in 2011, and team officials and city planners told the Pioneer Press that they are worried that the team will move without a new stadium. The proposed stadium would feature a retarctable roof, a climate-controlled interior, and a dramatic view of downtown. The design of the stadium would also incorporate the surrounding area, in an attempt to revitalize east downtown. New housing units would be built and the light rail would become a "Winter Garden", an enclosed transit system filled with new tourist destinations and lined with trees.
While the proposal looks amazing, the $954 million estmated price tag has raised more than a few eyebrows. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told the Star Tribune that he would be willing to invest "hundreds of millions of dollars" for the stadium. Still, the failed stadium proposal in Blaine was only estmated at $670, so plenty of skepticism exists for the new downtown plan.