Vikings players, coach weigh in on new stadium design

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Vikings players won't be playing in the new stadium for a few years, but excitement was already building in on Monday night.

"It's going to be an incredible upgrade," said center John Sullivan. "The dome is still my favorite place to play in the NFL because we have our home fans, but putting those fans in a new facility, we'll now have a stadium to match that we have the best fans in the NFL."

The final design of the news stadium was unveiled in an event held at the Guthrie Theater on Monday night.

The lead designer at HKS Sports called the new $975 million dollar Vikings stadium "a living, breathing complex."

Also dubbed as the most versatile structure on the planet, the new facility will be state-of-the-art. It will be light and functional. It includes giant concourses, more restrooms and two mammoth high-definition screens.

All should make the fan experience better than the Metrodome, but the new design is also getting a lot of attention from players and coaches.

"Our fans do a great job of creating an atmosphere that makes it very difficult for an opposing team to come in here and have success, but I think our new stadium will be very similar," said coach Leslie Frazier. "It will be a great place that our fans will want to come to and make a lot of noise."

The Metrodome has a reputation for being a loud place to play, but at least one Viking has no doubt the new facility will have the same energy on game days.

"Our fans are great being at Mall of America Field, and I can't even imagine how it's going to be having those same fans in this new facility," said tackle Phil Loadholt. "Sound is going to be bouncing off the glass. It's going to be crazy. I'm real hyped about."


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