With the Minnesota Vikings stadium situation largely resolved courtesy of the $975 million deal that was signed into law on Monday, the team is still trying to figure out of the specifics of how they will handle their new home. One of the more interesting developments has been the discussion surrounding the prospects of a possible retractable roof.
The Wilf family wants to make the new stadium a place that can attract a possible Super Bowl (some reports have stated as early as the 2017 event) as well as a possible Major League Soccer team. In addition, they hope to make it a place where the Vikings can play for the next 50 years.
According to a report by Twin Cities.com, if the Wilfs want to have a retractable roof on their stadium, they will have to pay for it out of their own pockets. This appears to be something they are willing to do.
Their comments via TwinCities.com:
Q. So you'll have a retractable roof?
ZW: "Well, I don't know."
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."
If the Wilf family and the rest of the Vikings' organization is truly interested in constructing a state-of-the-art facility, it certainly seems like a dome would be an importnat feature to include.
For more analysis on the story, please check out this article from SB Nation's Viking blog, The Daily Norseman.