Who said owning a sports franchise was easy? No-one that’s who, because owning an NFL team is an eye wateringly expensive pursuit. The cost of building a new stadium is the most astronomic expense, but even by modern sports arena standards the $1 Billion Minnesota Vikings NFL Stadium is costly.
The team has just officially raised the curtains on the design for their new stadium and while outwardly it may look a little awkward, it comes as no surprise that it will be entirely state of the art. Minnesota does not boast the best weather, well unless below zero chills and snow is your idea of paradise that is. That terrible cold has effects on buildings, and the new Minnesota Vikings NFL Stadium has been designed with one eye on combating the brutal climate.
From the outside the new design looks almost church like and inside it is going to be a theater of light, a cauldron of natural sunlight. The stadium will sport the world’s largest transparent roof, although instead of opting for glass the designers went with a durable ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) material that will stave off Mother Nature in all her freezing fury.
The stadium will seat 65,000 fans and will be open in time for the start of the 2016 NFL season.