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Vikings stadium design underway with design firm HKS Inc.

The Minnesota Vikings and their new stadium is now a reality. Architectural design firm HKS Inc. has been given the contract.

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The Minnesota Vikings hope to host a Super Bowl at their new stadium, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will look at the possibility once the stadium is up and running.

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Vikings fan involved in stadium design

With every hurdle cleared and an architectural design firm hired, the Minnesota Vikings are truly ready to begin work on their future $975 million stadium that will replace the Metrodome. HKS Inc. was the company selected to handle the design, and they boast a solid reputation in the world of spots venues. If that doesn't do it for your confidence, perhaps this piece from the Star Tribune will. Mark Williams, a principal with HKS and someone who will be working on the new stadium, is a longtime fan of the Vikings.

Williams, who is from Marshalltown, always made it a point to attend games at the old Bloomington's Metropolitan Stadium and then, of course, the Metrodome. Williams said that the team and the stadium experience is "near and dear" to him:

"I know how much these buildings mean to people. So we take it very seriously. And we know what we do and how we design it will have a huge effect on the success of the building."

Still, even if someone like Williams wasn't on board, the Vikings and their fans are in good hands, regardless. HKS designed Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Indianapolis Colts play, and that behemoth of a stadium over in Dallas where the Cowboys call home. Other than that, they've designed multiple MLB ballparks and minor league stadiums as well. It really does look like the best firm got the contract in this one.

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Vikings to pick stadium designer by Friday

Vikings fans should know by Friday which firm will design the team's new stadium, if not also what the stadium might look like.

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Vikings Stadium: Architect To Be Named Soon

The Minnesota Vikings have been dealing with stadium issues for quite some time, but it seems as though they're pretty close to moving to the next step. That step, for those not in the know, would be selecting the architect they want designing the new stadium, which is expected to be ready for the 2016 season.

The choice of an architect is the most important decision the team will make according to Vikings team president Lester Bagley via the Pioneer Press:

The most important decision the Minnesota Vikings have to make about their new stadium could be selecting the architect, team president Lester Bagley said Thursday, Sept. 20, and the team is expected to do that within the next two weeks.

The Vikings have budgeted $975 million for the project and will rely on the new architect to decide what features are feasible within that budget. The most important feature would seem to be whether or not the new stadium will have a retractable roof.

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Minnesota Vikings Stadium: Will New Arena Attract Super Bowl Or Wrestlemania?

The new stadium in Minneapolis, scheduled to be open in time for the 2016 NFL season, will be used for much more than just football.

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Minnesota Vikings Stadium News: Wilf Brothers Shooting For 2017 Super Bowl

Now that the Minnesota Vikings are set to get a brand-new state-of-the-art stadium, possibly as soon as 2016, the Wilf Brothers are shooting for even loftier goals in '17 -- the Super Bowl. According to an in-depth interview by Doug Belden of the Pioneer Press, the Wilf Brothers (Mark and Zygi) want the new stadium to have a retractable roof and to be a "destination venue" that could be considered for football's biggest event of the year.

MW: "We're going to try to get the maximum number of features within the budgets. ... We're going to want to make it something special. And to the extent retractability can get there, we're going to try to do it."

Later in the interview, Zygi Wilf elaborated a bit more on the possible design details.

ZW: "Certainly the most updated, high-tech features that new stadiums are providing right now, the ability to have the wireless, we're going to certainly explore all those benefits that can really make this a fan experience."

Both brothers mentioned they will try as hard as they can to keep the "competitive advantage" in favor of the Vikings.

Q. What role does a retractable roof play in that?

ZW: "Well if it's snowing very, very hard, we'll open up the roof," he joked.

However, before the Vikings can play in their new stadium they will need to continue to play in the Metrodome until '14 and then play at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium in '15.

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Vikings Stadium Update: TCF Bank Could Be Used Temporarily

The Minnesota Vikings are very close to having a new stadium built for them considering both the Senate and House have approved the latest bill, leaving Governor Mark Dayton's signature as a requirement to get things moving. Once that happens, however, it's expected to take some time to build -- past the Metrodome lease, at least.

The Vikings apparently have a plan in place for the interim, however, as the Minnesota Golden Gophers have agreed to allow the team to use TCF Bank Stadium if necessary. Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi talked to the Pioneer Press about the agreement.

The University of Minnesota is expected to allow the Vikings to use TCF Bank Stadium for one season if necessary while a new $975 million Vikings stadium is constructed on the Metrodome site

"My understanding is that it's for a year, but I don't know if that's been finalized," Gophers athletics director Joel Maturi said.

Not necessarily homefield, but that might give the Vikings an advantage in the cold-weather months until the new stadium is constructed.

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Vikings Stadium Debates Have Taught Valuable Lessons Already

All signs are pointing to the Vikings stadium bill being passed and the team remaining in Minnesota. So what did we learn throughout the process?

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Vikings Stadium: Amendment Challenging NFL Blackouts Likely To Be Eliminated

The Minnesota Vikings stadium bill underwent quite a few changes over the past couple of days as it made its way through the House and Senate, but not all of the amendments are expected to stick. Which amendments get thrown out will be decided when the parties meet for a conference committee, but the one regarding the NFL's blackout policy is almost certainly being eliminated.

It isn't easy to change something the NFL implements all over the league, unfortunately, something the amendment's originator acknowledged while talking to the Pioneer Press on Wednesday.

Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, expects his amendment to die when House and Senate lawmakers mesh competing bills in conference committee. But he felt compelled to include it anyway. He said it was "archaic" how the NFL bans home games from being televised in a home team's market if they are not sold out within 72 hours.

It's unfortunate that it'll be thrown out, too, as Chamberlain's reason for including it makes a lot of sense.

"Economic studies have shown that blackouts do not increase game-day attendance and in the end they deprive fans the opportunity from watching a game," Chamberlain said Wednesday, May 9. "If we're going to pay for the team to have a stadium to make money why not take away blackouts, which have no economic effect."

It'll be interesting to see which other amendments make their way into the bill before it reaches the governor's desk considering so much time was spent on them prior to voting on the actual bill.

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Vikings Stadium: NFL Unhappy With Amendment To Bill

The Minnesota Vikings' stadium bill is going through the legislator on Monday, which is sort of goods considering it has actually reached this point. What isn't good news, however, is that the amendments being made to the bill are ruffling some feathers.

The NFL is apparently unhappy with the amendments made earlier Monday, according to the Pioneer Press.

Eric Grubman, the NFL's executive vice president of venture and business operations, cautioned Monday that amending the bill to require the Vikings to pay more or use sports gambling to help finance the state's contribution are deal breakers as far as the NFL is concerned.

"After months of negotiation and compromise and the building of a legislative coalition, albeit a fragile one, any meaningful change of the bill drastically changes the probability of success," Grubman told the Pioneer Press. "You can't change the deal at the last minute."

If the bill makes it through and then the NFL has issues, where do we go?

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Minnesota Vikings Stadium Update: One Amendment Asks For A Super Bowl

There's quite a bit going on in relation to the Minnesota Vikings stadium bill Monday as legislators try to figure out exactly what they want to do in regard to the team's future. It might not be pretty, either, as they go through all sorts of amendments that seem to be more confusing than helpful.

One of the amendments on the docket, as discovered by the Star Tribune's Rachel Stassen-Berger, would guarantee that the Vikings get to host a Super Bowl if they build a new stadium. The actual wording is included below, via the legislature's website.

(a) As a condition of building a stadium pursuant to this act, the authority shall enter into an agreement with the National Football League that would establish that the new stadium shall be the host site of an NFL Super Bowl no later than the third NFL season following completion of the stadium.

(b) The penalty for breach of this agreement shall be a surcharge on rent in the lease or use agreement under section 473J.15, subdivisions 3 and 4, equal to three times the rent paid for the remainder of the term of the lease or use agreement, or until the stadium hosts a Super Bowl."

That would be interesting if it makes it through, won't it?

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Vikings Stadium: Bill Amended On Monday Afternoon To Reduce State Contributions

The Minnesota Vikings stadium stuff is expected to come to a resolution at some point Monday during the legislative session, though a specific time has yet to be set. That said, the lawmakers have already begun looking at the bill -- and making changes to it, for better or worse.

An amendment was put through Monday afternoon that will make the team pay over $100 million more for the stadium and, thanks to the friendly folks at the Pioneer Press, the details are included below.

The Vikings stadium bill came up on the House floor and was immediately amended to reduce the state's contribution.

An amendment introduced by Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, passed 97-31. It lowers the state's contribution by $105 million and raises the team's by that amount, and allows the public to share in naming rights revenue, which had been assigned to the team.

Reasoning for the amendment was made by a member of the legislature out of St. Cloud.

King Banaian, R-St. Cloud, who includes stadium construction in his economics courses at St. Cloud State University, spoke in favor of the amendment. He said the team is not putting up enough money toward the project.

Of the team's $427 million contribution, $200 million would come from an NFL loan, only about $50 million of which be the responsibility of the owners, Banaian said.

It's tough to tell what impact this amendment will have on things, but we'll find out soon enough.

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Vikings' Stadium Vote Could Lead To Biggest Day In Team History, Like It Or Not

After a decade of trying, the Minnesota Vikings will finally have a stadium bill reach the floor of the Minnesota legislature on Monday. One way or another, it will be a historical day.

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Vikings Stadium Update: Bill Moves Forward, But Not By Much

The Minnesota Vikings stadium looked like it wasn't going to be happening this year, but then the NFL got involved and Minnesota's government decided that it would do its best to get some sort of resolution. That resolution seems to be coming slowly but surely, with a new twist every day.

The latest happened late Friday night in the Senate, but as this column in the Star Tribune reports, it wasn't easy -- and it might not be pretty in the future, either.

The Senate Taxes Committee voted 7-6 to move the bill ahead, but the Vikings got a vivid preview of how difficult it will be to win final approval for a $1 billion stadium. Some Republicans teamed with DFL stadium opponents during the long, bruising hearing.

Senate Majority Leader David Senjem, R-Rochester, said afterward that the full Senate may vote on the bill Sunday, with a House floor vote coming as early as Saturday. "We've got to soak this up a little bit," Senjem said.

This ought to be interesting.

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