I assume that the AP pic on the side is replaceable over time?
Well a few hours behind everyone else in seeing this but have say it rocks! Think they had to look at a design that was a complete contrast in shape and design to the Metrodome - to avoid people drawing comparisons - as well as having a modern feel to it and this fits the bill IMO.
I know some will be pissed at not having the retractable roof but the glass aspect is going to let in so much light that I reckon it will feel like being outside.
Hope once its built that everyone feels it was worth the wait for a new stadium after all the uncertaintity that the fans have gone through.
Just looking forward to getting out to see a game in it once it's built :D
Sorry guys! I think it's the ugliest thing I have ever seen! Not a big fan of the glass roof, it was tried once in the Astrodome and it failed.
First of all, the Astrodome didn't fail. In fact Walt Disney dubbed it the 8th wonder of the world. It helped turn Houston into a sports entertainment destination, and was one of the crown jewels of baseball. It become obsolete until viable retractable roof stadiums (one of the first being Reliant) began opening.
Second, the synthetic glass that made the Astrodome roof famous is considerably different than the material that will be used in the new stadium. In Houston, the idea was to keep heat out while letting light in. In Minnesota that is much less of an issue. Our ceiling will be much more similar to the windows in Indy, not the Astrodome.
Did they release ticket prices last night too?:D
By Old I mean that you have been using the same argument over and over again, despite the lack of relevance to the stadium (although I am pretty sure uou knew that). The Vikings are NOT a marketing company, or a bank, or a cabinetry shop. They are a sports franchise. No other company would contribute almost half of the cost of construction for a new building only to turn ownership over and sign a 30 year lease. AFAIK there are not many other companies in MN who are responsible for almost $10 million per year in guaranteed income tax. And no other company would get that much public money to pay for the other half of construction cost. There are very few comparisons in terms of quality of life and espirit de corps.
The Vikings stadium is simply not comparable to any of these example that you keep bringing up. So yes, that argument is old.