Readers write (May 21): Vikings stadium design, Legislature, public pensions

  • Updated: May 20, 2013 - 7:28 PM

This architect’s rendering of the new stadium shows a wall of glass at the west end looking toward downtown Minneapolis.

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Readers weigh in on design

On Sunday, we noted that the design unveiled last week for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium was not universally appreciated among members of the Star Tribune Editorial Board, and we invited readers to weigh in. Here’s a selection of the responses:

What do I think of the new Vikings stadium design? I don’t like it.

It is cool if you are an architect trying to win an award, but once the awards dinner is over, we will have to look at it for 75 years.

I just returned from a 20-day trip in Europe, followed by five days in Boston. What sights were all the tourists visiting and enamored of? Classic, old, stone buildings with designs that were warm and welcoming. The new stadium looks like something that fell from outer space. Sure, it is a cool design that would catch my eye in a magazine. Would I want it in my back yard, as I’d like TCF Stadium or Target Field? Absolutely not.

Rick Manning, Wayzata

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The architects clearly recycled previous plans for a megachurch, and simply replaced a rendering of Jesus at the top of the chapel with a glorified Viking.

Praise be? Not from me.

Angie Eilers, St. Louis Park

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Its origami artist folds the sobriquet raider’s weapon to a piercing point that guts the public’s purse for great spillage of coin …

Joel Shinder, Golden Valley

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I realized the new stadium probably would not completely resemble the artist’s rendition that was portrayed in the paper last year. The futuristic version looked like a 1960s foam house and would not be a practical build.

However, the sterile glass “greenhouse” lacks texture from other building materials. I would think you would fry like an ant under a magnifying glass!

How long will it be before people tire of looking at this giant “airplane hangar” and want something different? After all, we can always find money for the impractical!

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