Before construction commences on the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) is looking at environmental issues that need to be addressed.
MSFA planners published hundreds of pages of data on Thursday, and said the new stadium should be more energy efficient than the aging Metrodome. Of note, the new, $975 million stadium will use an expected 10 million gallons of water annually, compared to the Dome's 18 million.
The Environmental Impact Statement identified the following issues to address:
Soil conditions and contamination Water use Erosion and sedimentation Water quality Surface water runoff Wastewaters Site-generated waste Transportation Vehicle-related air emissions Odors, noise, and dust Nearby resources Archaeological, historical, or architectural resources Parkland, recreation areas, or trails Visual impacts Impact on infrastructure and public services Cumulative potential effects Construction related impact
Ultimately, the stadium project is expected to take about three years, requiring the Vikings to play up to two football seasons at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.