What will stadium look like?
- March 1, 2012 - 8:12 PM
Amid the dry legal language of a preliminary agreement, a few ideas on what a stadium could look like stood out:
The $975 million stadium would have a fixed roof and an option to go retractable -- but at no cost to the state or city.
Seating for 65,000 but expandable to 72,000 for events like the Super Bowl. For big spenders: 150 premium suites and 7,500 club seats.
Vikings would get exclusive rights to bring in a Major League Soccer team within five years of opening.
The team could use the stadium rent-free 10 days a year for other events, such as an NFL draft party.
Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium, host of this year's Super Bowl, is mentioned several times in the agreement as an example of building and design standards.
NAME THAT STADIUM
Vikings would get to sell naming rights and keep the money. The stadium authority would be able to reject sponsors (no guns, no tobacco and nothing sexually explicit).
HALL OF FAME
Yes, Purple People, the new stadium would have space set aside -- perhaps a hushed amphitheater with a spotlight on Fran Tarkenton's helmet -- for a Vikings Hall of Fame.
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