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VIKINGS STADIUM: Design may resemble Beijing Water Cube, Munich's Allianz

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Exterior of Allianz Arena in Munich. Creative Commons / Flickr Max Patzig Exterior of Allianz Arena in Munich. Creative Commons / Flickr Max Patzig

What will the new Minnesota Vikings stadium look like? An environmental impact statement released Monday by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority includes a few specifics.

Stadium design drafts call for "a bold, iconic, geometric structure with long sloping, angular facets that are primarily directed toward the downtown Minneapolis skyline."


Beijing Water Cube, Allianz Arena resemblance?

Much of the new stadium's exterior will be made of ETFE – the same translucent polymer that give Beijing's Water Cube and Munich's Allianz Arena soccer stadium their unique façades and evening glow.

Taller than Metrodome

"The comparison study revealed that the new Stadium is somewhat larger than the Metrodome and is taller by approximately 100 feet at its highest point, assuming the existing and proposed structures are at a similar elevation."

Sloped roof

The roof of the new stadium may or may not be retractable, but it will definitely be sloped. Whether the stadium is built in a north-south or east-west position has yet to be determined. The roof could also be fully transparent or opaque.

Retractable walls

The draft design includes the option for retractable walls that open to the downtown Minneapolis skyline.


The draft design calls for the use of Kasota limestone on the stadium's façade – the same stone used on the Twins' Target Field.

Read all 389 pages of the environmental impact statement at

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