The same day as the House Commerce and Regulatory Reform Committee signed off on the Vikings stadium bill, the team released concept sketches of what a stadium might look like on the site currently under discussion.
The proposed 1.5 million-square-foot “Downtown East” stadium would be built on the current Metrodome site for an estimated $975 million. It would have 65,000 seats that would be expandable to 72,000 seats for a Super Bowl. There would be 7,500 club seats and 120 to 150 suites. It would also have a multipurpose, fixed roof in contrast to public requests earlier in the stadium process for a retractable roof.
The stadium proposal will next go to the Rules and Regulatory Reform Committee, along with a companion bill that gives greater tax relief to charities involved in stadium financing.
Until then, take a look at the images the Vikings released Monday and tell us what you think. Is it aesthetically pleasing? Does it fit in with the downtown feel? Is it an improvement over other ideas?