Off and running on the new Vikings stadium!

 

HKS Vikings Stadium Concept

One of the two concept designs submitted by HKS Architects. MSFA Chair Kelm-Helgen warns that the finished product will “look significantly different.”

It’s a great time to be a Vikings fan! Our favorite horned heroes just beat two 2011 playoff teams and are now tied for first in the NFC North. Our Quarterback is the only NFL starting QB that has not thrown an interception. And the Packers… well, we all know about the Packers.

But there’s more for you to be excited about! We’re off and running towards our new home! Here is a recap of the latest goings on in the development of YOUR new Vikings stadium! 

New Stadium Architects Named

Last week, in a joint press conference the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) along with the Minnesota Vikings named HKS Architects as the designer of the new “People’s Stadium.”  HKS is well known for their designs of the Dallas Cowboys stadium and Lucas Oil Field, home of the Indianapolis Colts.

At the press conference, representatives from HKS discussed the focus in which they built the previously named stadiums – with a Super Bowl in mind first. They also reassured fans that they have made the right choice and that this will be a world class destination, at the intersection of Downtown Minneapolis, Elliot Park and the Mill District.

MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen told the press that tours across the state of Minnesota will soon begin to get public input on the People’s Stadium so that it is representative of what Minnesota wants in its public rec-room. More details will emerge on this on October 15th.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press has released images of some of the proposed concepts. Please note the finished product will look considerably different but it’s great to get an idea of what a new stadium could be! 

The Purple Path on 5th St Leads to Railgating

In August, the Stadium Implementation Committee, which represents Minneapolis interests in how to best serve the fans and the public at the new stadium, had its first meeting and subsequently formed three subcommittees on Planning, Design and Stakeholder Experience.

The Stakeholder experience committee wasted no time and was proud to support Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak as he unveiled the Purple Path on 5th Street and started the new game day tradition of Railgating between 5th and Park Avenue.

On Sunday, before the 49ers game, sixteen food trucks lined up along the light rail line along the two blocks and began serving food at 8am. By 11am, 5th St was packed with fans eating up Lobster rolls, beef sandwiches and croquets.

Fans are encouraged, whether attending the game or not, to Railgate before the game and then take the Purple Path to the fan plaza for a beer before the game, into the Warehouse district to watch the game at CRAVE Rooftop or another one of Minneapolis’ great bars and restaurants.

The Stadium Implementation Committee always welcomes fan ideas. Please contact us at info@SavetheVikes.org or the Minneapolis Mayor at RT@Minneapolis.org. 

Electronic Pull Tabs

It almost seems like years ago we were debating over Racino, fan based user fees and electronic pull tabs. Electronic pull tabs were what the tribal lobbyists were willing to let pass and last week they were unveiled at five bars across Minnesota. Please support the new Vikings stadium by pulling up a stool at one of these establishments and play $20 dollars in electronic pull tabs. You just might win!

 

O’Gara’s Bar and Grill164 North Snelling AvenueSt. Paul, MN 555104 CR’s Sports Bar8525 Cottonwood Street Northwest Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Mancini’s Char House & Lounge531 7th Street WestSaint Paul, MN 55102 Howie’s Sport’s Bar and Grill101 9th Avenue NorthSt. Cloud, MN 56303
Monte’s Sports Bar & Grill8299 University Avenue Northeast Spring Lake Park, MN 55432  

 

 

 



About the Author

Founder and author of SavetheVikes.org. Born and raised in MN, Cory has been a lifelong Vikings fan. Season ticket holder, stop by and see him in section 218! cory.merrifield@savethevikes.org