Sports fans in Duluth and surrounding communities interested in weighing in on the design of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium can do so at a 5:30 p.m. public forum today at the Holiday Inn & Suites in downtown Duluth.
John Hutchings, a representative with HKS Inc., which will design the stadium, will discuss the project, along with representatives of the Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which is working with the team to oversee construction of the $975 million downtown Minneapolis development.
HKS Inc. is a Dallas-based architectural and engineering firm that drew up plans for stadiums recently built for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts.
Today's meeting will take place in the Lake Superior Room of the hotel, located at 200 W. First St. in Duluth.
The design team drawing up plans for the Vikings $975 million stadium is heading north later this month as part of a regional tour aimed at capturing the public’s perspective on what they hope to see in the project.
HKS Inc., the project architect, along with Vikings officials and members of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority have firmed up plans to host a public forum on the stadium's design from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Holiday Inn & Suites, 200 W. First St. in downtown Duluth.
Anyone and everyone with thoughts on what they want in the downtown Minneapolis development, from a retractable roof to purple and gold seats, is invited to attend.
The forum is one of two outstate scheduled this month.
A similar meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Doubletree Hotel, 150 South Broadway, in Rochester.
HKS hopes to have stadium renderings ready for viewing early next year. Groundbreaking on the stadium is scheduled for late summer.
The architect for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is heading outstate twice in the next month to get perspective from rural Minnesotans on what they want to see in the design of the nearly $1 billion downtown Minneapolis development.
HKS Inc., the project architect, and representatives of the Vikings and Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority plan to meet with the public at informal listening sessions in Rochester and Duluth in mid to late November.
The forum in Rochester is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 pm. Nov. 13 at the Doubletree Hotel, 150 South Broadway. A similar meeting will be held in Duluth Nov. 27 at a time and location yet to be determined.
Michele Kelm-Helgen, the authority chairwoman, said HKS should have schematic designs ready for viewing by late January or early February.
The authority is working with the Vikings in overseeing the project. Groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for late next summer. The Vikings hope to have the stadium finished in time for the 2016 NFL season.