The Minnesota Vikings football team just unveiled plans for a new energy-efficient stadium slated to be ready for the 2016 playing season. The $975 million stadium designed by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group (who also designed stadiums for the Cowboys and the Dodgers) features the world's largest transparent roof, zinc framing and walls of glass. The stunning new stadium is set to be complete by 2016.
Some critics worry that now is not the right time to spend $975 million on a stadium, but HKS has designed the 65,000 seat structure as a multi-purpose building that can be used for a variety of events. Most of the transparent roof will be made with ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), which will allows athletes and spectators to see the sky above without spending millions on a retractable roof.
Framed with metal and wrapped in glass, the stadium also features four operable 95 foot glass doors that open to the public. Climate control and energy conservation, geography, history and technology were driving considerations for the design, which will now be presented to the Minneapolis Stadium Implementation Committee and the City of Minneapolis for review.