Ok, first of all, the new place is going be different, really different from any other NFL stadium in existence. We’ve seen the projected photos in all their surreal glory. But check out some of the amenities that visitors to Vikingsland will be enjoying.
First, the new stadium will hold about 65,000 screaming fans. That’s nice, but the important thing to note is that there will be far more bathrooms within the new confines then in the Mall of America Dome. Not only that, but there will be no more troughs to stand in front of when relieving one’s self. I understand that this may make for a bit less camaraderie, but seriously, did anyone find the moment to be a bonding experience?
Another thing that makes the future homestead different is all that glass! But not just ordinary glass! This state of the art stuff is called “Ethylene tetraflouroethylene” or “ETFE”. Just the name alone makes one feel unique!
So, Coach, what makes ETFE so gosh darn special?
Answer: ETFE is a co-polymer resin which is pressed and formed into a thin film. It is transparent, lightweight and durable, and resists corrosion.
Want more? Well, UV light will not degrade it, nor does environmental pollution, harsh chemicals or extreme temperatures. (Hello??? it’s Minnesota, land of 10,000 snowstorms!!!). The Surface is non-stick and non-porous. Dirt and dust will not attach itself and rain will suffice as a cleaning agent, so it is in essence, a self-cleaning entity.
ETFE was introduced almost 30 years ago, therefore the life expectancy of the new roof is an estimate based on the oldest examples. But since there has been little or no replacement on the earliest uses, it is expected to last 30-50 years with minimal maintenance.
The roof will be steeply banked to prevent snow build-up. 40 % of the roof will be non-ETFE, with catwalks and gathering areas. But the glassed in South side will cover the remaining roofing area. Because of the unique angle of this roof, the 60% that is glassed over will allow enough sunlight to cover the entire field.
The natural lighting and heat generated by the south side of the structure will be significant. But, if it gets too hot, there will be five, 95 foot tall retractable doors to allow air flow.
Finally, the zinc alloy in the metals used in the structure will actually change color in different lighting.
With a total area of 240,000 sq. ft., the new stadium will be the largest ETFE roof in N. America and will also be the 1st and only stadium in United States with a clear roof.
So, Viking fans, if you wanted something different, you gotta be loving it. This Dawg can’t wait till 2016 as the front office is angling for the Packers to be the opening game opponent.
- Bring it on !