For those keeping score, Gov. Mark Dayton received nine proposals to build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.
In addition to plans to build stadiums in Minneapolis and Ramsey County – where the Vikings prefer to build a $1.11 billion stadium – there were proposals from citizens to build stadiums in Eagan and at the Mall of America. City officials in Shakopee also submitted a proposal on Wednesday.
The most futuristic was probably a proposal for something called the Apple iDome, and a drawing showed a huge iPhone covering a stadium site.
The Mall of America proposal comes from William Jewell, a longtime stadium advocate. Jewell wants the stadium directly across from the mall’s north entrance, near the Ikea store. “The [mall] site is the most centrally located of all sites by population,” Jewell argued.
However the most intriguing – and humorous – proposal may be from Bob Roscoe of Minneapolis, who said the design came from the “Journal of American Rocket Science.”
Roscoe said the stadium could be “built completely from materials available at Menards, fabricated by the box store’s night crew.” He said a Menard’s supervisor had estimated the cost at “three for $304,016.00, or one structure for $100,006.00.”
He said the stadium’s design would recall Minnesota’s heritage of “pickup truck toppers propped up on sawhorses as seen in back yards and driveways in northern [Twin Cities] suburbs.”
Here are links to the proposals: