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New Vikings Stadium Roof To Be Self Cleaning

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The Vikings new stadium will have the largest transparent roof in the world.

The roof will use ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), which is a polymer, not glass. It’s like a pillow, and light is diffused that goes through there. It’s not direct sunlight, so shadows will be diffused. ETFE will be above the whole playing field.

“The ETFE product is self-cleaning,” Vikings vice president Lester Bagley said. “It’s the largest clear roof in the world and the first on a stadium in the U.S. There are some in Europe.”
“There’s a basin that catches the snow and prevents it from going down to the street,” Bagley added. “It slides off the roof into a gutter, essentially, and it breaks up from there. It will be very safe.”

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One Response to “New Vikings Stadium Roof To Be Self Cleaning”

  1. purplereign57 says:

    I know that some people are saying that a stadium of this caliber shouldn’t even be built for a mediocre team like the Vikings. Well, teams like Dallas, Indianapolis, Atlanta to name but a few, aren’t exactly what I would call elite or powerhouse teams either. They may be good teams, but on any given Sunday, the Vikings can beat them all. Teams like these have all had new stadiums built for them, and I haven’t heard any whining or crying that those other stadiums shouldn’t have been built. Minnesota is doing a good job with rebuilding the Vikings, and it’s not unreasonable to assume that it won’t be very long before the Vikings make a deep playoff run, and even get a shot at the big dance. They are growing more talented as each week passes, and Viking fans are some of the best in the NFL, and need to keep their faith. The Metrodome lasted for 30 years, and even though the Vikings aren’t considered an “elite” team, they were still way overdue for a new stadium. It struck me as kind of odd looking at first, but I knew that the more I looked at it, the more I liked it. It’s really a great work of art compared to many other venues around the NFL. I don’t live in Minneapolis, or Minnesota at all for that matter, so I can’t say anything about how some people feel concerning the taxes and all that, but I, for one, am glad that it was built. It is definitely unique and something to behold, and most of all, I think that the Minnesota Vikings AND all of the Viking fans deserve it and I sincerely hope that everyone enjoys it for years to come.

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