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Vikings will unveil new stadium design next month

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Last year, the Vikings got the green light to build a new stadium.  This year, the building will move much closer to being a reality.

According to John Vomhof Jr. of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the design for team’s new home remains on track to be unveiled in early May.

“We’re starting to get a feel for it,” Vikings V.P. of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley said.  “We’re very excited about where it’s headed.”

Still, no decision has been made regarding the type of roof that will be used for the venue due to open in 2016.  “Clearly a retractable feature is something that is important to the team,” Bagley said.

The stadium as approved by the Minnesota lawmakers includes a fixed (presumably blizzard resistant) top.

With or without a sliding roof, Bagley believes the stadium will be “iconic.”  Without a contending team playing inside, however, that may not matter much to the people who’ll be paying for tickets there.

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  1. fargovikesfan says: Apr 13, 2013 9:44 AM

    couldn’t pass up the opportunity to slam the Vikes, could you Mike?

    More often than not the team IS contending for at least the playoffs, which is a hell of a lot more than can be said for half the teams in the league.

  2. whatjusthapped says: Apr 13, 2013 9:46 AM

    For those living outside the Minneapolis area and have not had the privilege of attending a Viking game, the Metrodump is truly one of the worse in-game experiences in the NFL. And it has nothing to do with the inferior product that is on the field.

    No opportunity to tailgate, upper deck seating is 100% nosebleed seats, and pumped in acoustics, the Viking fans deserve better, all 8 of them.

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 13, 2013 9:48 AM

    They added, “we feel like the Metrodome has provided a place for us to be mediocre at best, but times change, and we need a NEW place where we can continue to be mediocre at best.

    Here’s hoping that when we build a new stadium, after we’ve played in this new stadium and continue losing for a few more decades, we may finally get that Lombardi.

    We will probably have to start taking Packers players earlier in their careers, though.”

  4. squared80 says: Apr 13, 2013 10:07 AM

    Some exciting news here in Loserville, USA. New uniforms for the state’s most popular team, 2 1st round draft picks, and a new stadium design to go with it.

  5. firestarter0728 says: Apr 13, 2013 10:09 AM

    Doesn’t matter if it’s in the Metrodome or in a new stadium. Half the crowd will still be wearing green and gold on Packers Sunday.

  6. squared80 says: Apr 13, 2013 10:14 AM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Apr 13, 2013 9:46 AM
    … “the Viking fans deserve better, all 8 of them.”

    Actually, the Vikings have the 4th highest television ratings in the entire country for the last 10 years. I’d say that’s a pretty strong fanbase for a team that does nothing but break hearts.

    Rip on a team all you want… but know your facts, fool.

  7. mnjoemama says: Apr 13, 2013 10:23 AM

    Hopefully we will get newly designed troffs yernals ! Worst bathrooms in any stadium by far !! Not to mention the old prople that have heart attacks walking up 38 flights of stairs cause they want quality seats. Not to mention if there was a fire or emergency everyone would get trampled trying to escape. Skol vikes

  8. skylander14 says: Apr 13, 2013 10:44 AM

    “We’re very excited about where it’s headed.”

    Of course the Vikings are excited. They are about to get a brand new state of the art stadium that they will not have to spend a dollar of their own money on, except for the money they contributed to lobbying for the stadium.

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 13, 2013 10:47 AM

    This is big news for Viking fans. I suspect the new stadium will significantly enhance the losing experience.

  10. sincityhawk says: Apr 13, 2013 10:51 AM

    The unveiling will take place in Seattle, since that is where all the Viking players are showing up.

  11. hack0059 says: Apr 13, 2013 10:58 AM

    Worst bathrooms you have to be kidding me, I assume you have never been to green bay. Where men have to wait twenty minutes to go number one.

  12. jimmysee says: Apr 13, 2013 11:04 AM

    ” I’d say that’s a pretty strong fanbase for a team that does nothing but break hearts.

    So are the Vikings the Chicago Cubs of the NFL?

  13. MyTeamsAllStink says: Apr 13, 2013 11:04 AM

    they say the stadium is designed to look like a dollar sign.

  14. stillers213 says: Apr 13, 2013 11:10 AM

    Hopefully the roof will be viable on the new stadium.

  15. savikings says: Apr 13, 2013 11:12 AM

    We made the playoffs. Not bad for a team that was written off at the start of the season.

  16. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 13, 2013 11:18 AM

    The argument of TV ratings doesn’t hold too much water.

    Everyone tunes in to watch the Packers, and as such, the Vikings get a considerable bump at least two games every year, probably taking them from 18 all the way to 10.

    Also, not too many people can fit in an ice shanty, so people watching per TV is 1-2, whereas teams like Chicago is probably about 25 people per TV (sports bars) and Detroit is probably about 30 per
    TV (prison).

  17. spiderperv says: Apr 13, 2013 11:27 AM

    Electronic pull tabs yaa knooooo!! I’m sure the rest of the state will love it when the General Fund has to be tapped to pay for the stadium.

    If only there was a way for fans of the team to directly support said team instead of foisting the expense on those who won’t benefit from the stadium itself. Oh well, who needs “infrastructure” or “education” anyways.

    Packer stock, a socially responsible investment.

  18. fijabbersman345 says: Apr 13, 2013 11:34 AM

    “Without a contending team playing inside, however, that may not matter much to the people who’ll be paying for tickets there.”

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    Yeah, that playoff team that nobody expected to go to the playoffs last year is definitely going to just randomly curtail off…because they lost Percy Harvin? Oh yeah, they went 5-2 without him against the hardest part of their schedule. Antoine Winfield? That’s a loss, but there’s this thing called the NFL draft in less than 2 weeks that hasn’t even happened yet. Feel free to write the Vikings off again, though. Makes your work really credible.

    P.S. The Vikings aren’t taking Geno Smith at #23. Or at #25. Or a QB in the first five rounds

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 13, 2013 11:51 AM

    jimmysee says: Apr 13, 2013 11:04 AM

    ” I’d say that’s a pretty strong fanbase for a team that does nothing but break hearts.

    So are the Vikings the Chicago Cubs of the NFL?

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    Not really. At least the Cubs won Championships.

    The Vikings have been an exercise in futility for more than half a century.

  20. angelogiaquinto18 says: Apr 13, 2013 11:59 AM

    I wish all these people talking smack could walk up and say it to Adrian Peterson….and see what happens!

  21. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:03 PM

    The stadium’s design isn’t going to make the team any better. It’s like when whatjusthapped uses my mascara – it can only do so much. Or like when tokyosandblaster takes Lambada lessons – how graceful can one really look in camo? Ted Thompson was NFL Exec of the Year, TWICE – have I mentioned THAT? GO PACK GO!

  22. spreadthecheese says: Apr 13, 2013 12:05 PM

    Be sure to build an area to hold your Super Bowl trophies! Oh, wait…

  23. angelogiaquinto18 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:05 PM

    Love all you packer fans criticizing our vikes when your own damn team tricked you in to buying worthless ‘stock’ to make u think you own 1/100,000,000 of the team!

  24. thetooloftools says: Apr 13, 2013 12:15 PM

    I heard it’s nickname is going to be “The Money Pit”.

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:17 PM

    angelogiaquinto18 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:05 PM

    “Love all you packer fans criticizing our vikes when your own damn team tricked you in to buying worthless ‘stock’ to make u think you own 1/100,000,000 of the team!”

    That is true. $75 for a pair of novelty Viking horns represents a far more sensible value.

  26. andthereuhaveit says: Apr 13, 2013 12:23 PM

    savikings says: Apr 13, 2013 11:12 AM

    We made the playoffs. Not bad for a team that was written off at the start of the season.

    ———————————————————
    everytime I hear this it makes me think of Webb tripping over Mathews for the easiest sack in nfl history. Not to mention top 5 for most hilarious plays!

    But savikings you are 100% correct, you did make the playoffs………..for a week.

  27. smartestpackerfan says: Apr 13, 2013 12:28 PM

    I love buying worthless $250 pieces of paper! It makes me feel like I own my worthless piece of crap team!!!!!!!

  28. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:34 PM

    We weren’t “tricked” into buying stock in the Packers. We buy stuff with no value all the time up here. Hello! We own real estate in Green Bay!

  29. darkneptune73 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:35 PM

    We will be a contender this year, Florio. 2013, we’ll do fine and perhaps win atleast 8 games. In 2014, we’ll get stronger. In 2015, we may be a serious contender. In 2016, we may actually be a super bowl contender. The sky is the limit for us.

  30. basexc9 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:36 PM

    The Vikes aren’t contenders? Didn’t they make the playoffs last year?

  31. darkneptune73 says: Apr 13, 2013 12:37 PM

    Oh, and as a parting shot to the Packer fans here:

    You couldn’t beat the 49ers last year. Enough said.

  32. jimbo75025 says: Apr 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    andthereuhaveit says:Apr 13, 2013 12:23 PM

    But savikings you are 100% correct, you did make the playoffs………..for a week.

    ———————-

    I have no dog in this fight, but I seem to recall GB getting bounced pretty soundly the following week? Face it, unless you win it all in any given year, does it REALLY matter when you got your butt kicked in the playoffs to end the season?

  33. GenXJay says: Apr 13, 2013 1:43 PM

    Packers are a cheap organization. Novelty Stocks sold at Spencer Gifts Shop, no Cheerleaders, hand me down ’70s jerseys w/duct tape name tags…all to save $ for their over hyped ShAaron.

  34. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:33 PM

    jimbo75025 says: Apr 13, 2013 1:32 PM

    I have no dog in this fight, but I seem to recall GB getting bounced pretty soundly the following week? Face it, unless you win it all in any given year, does it REALLY matter when you got your butt kicked in the playoffs to end the season?

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    I think it matters primarily because the Packers are the ones that humiliated the Vikings and ended their season. And if it didn’t matter, they wouldn’t be nearly so testy about it.

  35. squared80 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:41 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    At least the Cubs won Championships. The Vikings have been an exercise in futility for more than half a century.

    More people talking with no knowledge of football. First of all, the Vikings are the 6th winningest team in NFL history. And if you knew anything about the NFL, you’d know that the Vikings have won a championship. It just wasn’t called the Super Bowl.

  36. immafubared says: Apr 13, 2013 2:43 PM

    Now that Plan A, selling electronic pull tabs in bars to pay for it is failing badly since people don’t seem to like electronic pull tabs, the state has to find ways to tax the citizens for the money it isn’t collecting.
    Let this be a lesson to the rest of you. Want a stadium, insist the owners pony up to the bar and or the state comes up with a way to help out that doesn’t hit your pocket book.
    Minnesota is land of the taxes. Our Gov can’t stop finding more ways to tax the crap out of us. The words ‘ lets cut spending’ aren’t even in our language. Just like Lord Valdemort, were not allow to say those words.

    The real idiocy, the owners wanted an open air stadium to save millions and the politicians insisted it had to have a dome on it at 110 million more.

  37. taylorjwi34 says: Apr 13, 2013 3:57 PM

    There’s no doubt this stadium will be state-of-the art, as all the new ones are these days. I believe the smart decision would be to make this a retractable roof so that Minneapolis/St. Paul area could reap in the benefits of events such as the Final Four, Super Bowl, NCAA basketball tournament games, concerts and yes even WrestleMania if possible. All these events generate major income for businesses and attendance at these events would be huge. When it’s all said and done, at the end of the day it’s all about making a buck.

  38. contra74 says: Apr 13, 2013 4:00 PM

    squared80 says:
    Apr 13, 2013 2:41 PM
    filthymcnasty1 says:
    At least the Cubs won Championships. The Vikings have been an exercise in futility for more than half a century.

    More people talking with no knowledge of football. First of all, the Vikings are the 6th winningest team in NFL history. And if you knew anything about the NFL, you’d know that the Vikings have won a championship. It just wasn’t called the Super
    —–
    You’re 100% right. Unfortunately packer fans don’t believe in facts unless it benefits their cause.

  39. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 13, 2013 4:21 PM

    squared80 says: Apr 13, 2013 2:41 PM

    And if you knew anything about the NFL, you’d know that the Vikings have won a championship.

    ******************************************

    That always sounds so desperate and pathetic when Viking fans claim a championship for the year they were humiliated 23-7 by the Chiefs in Superbowl IV. No other fan base in all of sports would degrade themselves in such an unseemly matter.

  40. spiderperv says: Apr 13, 2013 4:23 PM

    Yes, won the Ed Thorpe trophy, which amounts to second place and then promptly lost the trophy. You would think they would hold on tooth and nail to the one consolation prize.

  41. veence69 says: Apr 13, 2013 4:25 PM

    It’s a 4:1 ratio right now to how many Packer fans are logging in to comment on an article about the Vikings rather than actual Vikings fans.

    You may as well shut down the comments, Florio. There’s nothing constructive about it, it’s just team bashing nonsense and makes your website look juvenile.

  42. contra74 says: Apr 13, 2013 5:53 PM

    veence69 says:
    Apr 13, 2013 4:25 PM
    It’s a 4:1 ratio right now to how many Packer fans are logging in to comment on an article about the Vikings rather than actual Vikings fans.

    You may as well shut down the comments, Florio. There’s nothing constructive about it, it’s just team bashing nonsense and makes your website look juvenile.
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    Agreed. It’s interesting to note that no other fanbases come on to bash a Vikings article. Only packer fans seem to come in. Inferiority complex at its best!

  43. lambeauandlombardi says: Apr 13, 2013 8:24 PM

    Agreed. It’s interesting to note that no other fanbases come on to bash a Vikings article. Only packer fans seem to come in. Inferiority complex at its best!
    ………………………………………………………………………
    First of all, what isn`t there to bash? Ok Contra, should we go back into the Packer`s archives and see how many times you`ve posted on those stories? I think we know who has the inferiority complex. Does 0-4 in the Superbowl ring a bell?
    In all seriousness, how many extra seats are they installing in the new stadium since a trophy room and hall of fame room aren`t needed?

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