Neighborhood residents weigh in on new Vikings stadium design

  • Article by: RICHARD MERYHEW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 20, 2013 - 6:05 AM

Neighbors shared mixed reviews on the new Vikings stadium design, but welcomed its neighborhood impact.

From the moment the first images of the new Vikings stadium flashed across the big screen at the Guthrie Theater on Monday, Dean Jacobson liked what he saw.

The pivoting glass doors. The see-through ceiling. The angled roof line that peaks to the west. The ship-like profile and jagged prow against the backdrop of a majestic downtown skyline.

It was more than the 72-year-old Elliot Park resident thought he’d see in the design of a stadium destined to replace the bland and bloated Metrodome.

“It’s just spectacular,” said Jacobson, who can see the Dome’s pillowlike top from his living room window seven blocks away. “I think this one will be here 100 years from now. It’s going to be a classic piece of great architecture for this era.”

In the week that has passed since the first renderings of the nearly billion-dollar stadium were unveiled, second-guessers have pounced and praised. Some think it’s too bulky, too gaudy and too futuristic. Others applaud the bold, glassy look of a design that, from most angles, appears more like a ship than a professional football stadium.

Yet for all the feedback, pro and con, it’s in the neighborhoods closest to the stadium where the design might matter most. It’s there, on the streets of Elliot Park south of the Dome to the Mill District that lines the banks of the Mississippi River, where residents, merchants and workers must live with the massive new NFL venue long after the fourth quarter ends.

Amid last week’s glitz and hype, reviews were mixed.

While Jacobson, a semiretired accountant, saw “a big diamond” on the skyline, Heather Dalzen, manager at the Band Box Diner in Elliot Park, saw something that’s “pretty Space Age.”

David Tinjum, who lives in a condominium near the Guthrie and has a balcony view of the Dome and the new stadium site, said the design evokes images of “icebergs and Vikings ships.” He said he liked what he has seen so far, but wants more details before judging.

At 1.6 million square feet, the new stadium will dominate downtown’s east end and dwarf the eyesore it replaces, weighing in at nearly twice the size and standing 100 feet taller.

Fans will enter at one of four major entrances, with the grand gateway featuring five 95-foot-high pivoting glass doors that face downtown.

The building’s facade will be made up of a mix of glazed glass curtain wall and metal panels that change tone in sunlight. Its roof will be one-half hard decking, with the remainder covered by ETFE, a transparent polymer that was used to cover the outside of the Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known as the “Water Cube,” site of the 2008 Olympic swimming competition.

Millie Schafer, an Elliot Park homeowner for the past 40 years, called it a “beautiful building,” but added that she wonders how “those big glass doors” will hold up over time.

She also questioned the durability of the ETFE, a material that has been used extensively in sports venues in other countries, but not in the U.S.

“I kind of wonder how proven that roof material is,” said Schafer, who has watched the Teflon top of the Metrodome collapse several times over 30 years.

Judy Borger, a Mill District resident who is a member of the city’s stadium implementation committee, which must review and approve the design before it goes to planners and, ultimately, the City Council, wondered at a recent meeting whether fans sitting under the transparent portion of the roof will get too hot from sunlight.

That said, she was pleased that HKS Inc., the project architect, chose a fixed roof over a retractable one, because it allows the team and stadium authority to spend more on other stadium features.

“It’s growing on me,” she said of the design. “As I sit and listen to the logic behind the decisions that were made, they seem reasonable to me.”

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

New Orleans 28 FINAL
Carolina 10
Tampa Bay 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Arizona 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Philadelphia 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Houston
NY Jets 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Jacksonville 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
San Diego 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Washington 11/2/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
St. Louis 11/2/14 3:05 PM
San Francisco
Denver 11/2/14 3:25 PM
New England
Oakland 11/2/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Baltimore 11/2/14 7:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Indianapolis 11/3/14 7:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 105 FINAL
Orlando 98
Detroit 91 FINAL
Minnesota 97
New York 95 FINAL
Cleveland 90
Utah 102 FINAL
Dallas 120
Oklahoma City 69 4th Qtr 8:29
LA Clippers 77
Boston 3 FINAL(OT)
Buffalo 2
Winnipeg 1 FINAL(SO)
New Jersey 2
Los Angeles 0 FINAL
Pittsburgh 3
Chicago 5 FINAL(SO)
Ottawa 4
Philadelphia 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay 4
Arizona 1 FINAL
Florida 2
San Jose 3 FINAL(SO)
Minnesota 4
Anaheim 0 FINAL
St. Louis 2
NY Islanders 0 FINAL
Colorado 5
Montreal 2 FINAL(OT)
Vancouver 3
(2) Florida State 42 FINAL
Louisville 31
Troy 10 FINAL
Ga Southern 42
Cincinnati 10/31/14 7:00 PM
Tulane
Tulsa 10/31/14 7:02 PM
Memphis
Air Force 11/1/14 10:30 AM
Army
ULM 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Texas A&M
(19) Oklahoma 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
Northwestern 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Iowa
(24) Duke 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Maryland 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Wisconsin 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
Rice 11/1/14 11:00 AM
FIU
(21) East Carolina 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Temple
UCF 11/1/14 11:00 AM
Connecticut
Boston College 11/1/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
North Carolina 11/1/14 11:30 AM
Miami-Florida
Washington 11/1/14 12:00 PM
Colorado
Central Mich 11/1/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
Western Mich 11/1/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Western Ky 11/1/14 2:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
NC State 11/1/14 2:00 PM
Syracuse
Virginia 11/1/14 2:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Purdue 11/1/14 2:30 PM
(17) Nebraska
BYU 11/1/14 2:30 PM
Middle Tennessee
(10) TCU 11/1/14 2:30 PM
(20) West Virginia
Indiana 11/1/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 11/1/14 2:30 PM
(9) Georgia
Georgia State 11/1/14 2:30 PM
Appalachian St
Kentucky 11/1/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Kansas 11/1/14 3:00 PM
(12) Baylor
Texas State 11/1/14 3:00 PM
New Mexico St
Houston 11/1/14 3:00 PM
So Florida
USC 11/1/14 3:30 PM
Washington St
Arkansas State 11/1/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
South Alabama 11/1/14 4:00 PM
Louisiana
New Mexico 11/1/14 4:30 PM
UNLV
UAB 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
(4) Auburn 11/1/14 6:00 PM
(7) Ole Miss
Old Dominion 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Colorado State 11/1/14 6:00 PM
San Jose St
Arkansas 11/1/14 6:15 PM
(1) Miss State
Stanford 11/1/14 6:30 PM
(5) Oregon
Tennessee 11/1/14 6:30 PM
So Carolina
Texas 11/1/14 6:30 PM
Texas Tech
Southern Miss 11/1/14 7:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
(6) Notre Dame 11/1/14 7:00 PM
Navy
Oklahoma State 11/1/14 7:00 PM
(11) Kansas State
Illinois 11/1/14 7:00 PM
(13) Ohio State
(14) Arizona 11/1/14 9:30 PM
(25) UCLA
California 11/1/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
San Diego St 11/1/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Wyoming 11/1/14 9:45 PM
Fresno State
(18) Utah 11/1/14 10:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Utah State 11/1/14 10:00 PM
Hawaii
Bowling Green 11/4/14 7:00 PM
Akron
Toledo 11/4/14 7:00 PM
Kent State
Buffalo 11/5/14 7:00 PM
Ohio U
Northern Ill 11/5/14 7:00 PM
Ball State
(22) Clemson 11/6/14 6:30 PM
Wake Forest
Sporting Kansas City 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 2
Hamilton 10/31/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Winnipeg 11/1/14 3:00 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Toronto 11/2/14 11:00 AM
Montreal
Ottawa 11/7/14 6:00 PM
Toronto
Calgary 11/7/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Montreal 11/8/14 3:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 11/8/14 6:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Vikings offense

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close