Editorial: Wow is the word for new Viking stadium plan
The new Minnesota Vikings stadium plan can be described in three simple letters - wow!
The proposal calls for a multi-purpose sports stadium with a translucent roof letting the sunshine in, giant pivoting glass doors opening to downtown Minneapolis and unique exterior of glass and stone.
This new stadium will replace the 31-year-old Metrodome, which will be razed after the completion of the Vikings' 2013 season. The new stadium will be built on the Metrodome site, but will be nearly twice as big.
The modern facility will include 65,000 seats for football and 73,000 for special events. On the inside, visitors will find seven levels, wider concourses than the dome, two giant scoreboards, more bathrooms and multiple connections to the downtown skyway system.
This proposal even convinced Minnesota's most ardent outdoor football fan.
"I've always been an advocate of outdoor football," said Hall of Famer and former Vikings head coach Bud Grant. "Not anymore."
The three other important aspects of the stadium may well be its multi-purpose capabilities, the stadium's drawing power and the home field fan advantage.
The new stadium, just as the Metrodome, will play to a variety of events -- from football and baseball games to concerts and dirt track events to indoor running and other activities.
This modern enclosed facility will provide the Twin Cities the ability to host a Super Bowl, a NCAA Final Four, an NCAA hockey tournament and nearly any other event imaginable.
Finally, the stadium may help continue a three-decades-long home-field advantage of one the loudest fan bases in the National Football League.
So let the rest of the planning and permitting continue during the Vikings' long 2013 season. Then let Minnesotans get to work and build it.