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Vikings new digs will be very unique !

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 New Vikings Stadiuma 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 !


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4 Responses to “Vikings new digs will be very unique !”

  1. PurpleHelmet says:

    In frigid weather, going inside that place to watch a game is WAY better. Better for the players, fans, for the money. Just a better idea. Think of those morons in Green Bay, sitting outside, looking like Tom Coughlin in the 2008 NFC championship game. Stupid asses. I mean, really…

  2. PurpleHelmet says:

    On the other hand, I’m really looking forward to the two outside U seasons, and the last Metrobarn season.

  3. purplereign57 says:

    I really wanted to see some sort of retractable structure, at least a partial one. If you look back at all of the previous Super Bowls, most of the victorious teams had home stadiums that were outdoors. My personal opinion is that the outdoor environment made teams tougher, and made them play harder. It didn’t always have to be a frigid environment, but think about it… the Steelers won 4 titles (outdoor team), Packers have won a few (outdoor team), old Baltimore Colts (outdoor team), Kansas City, San Francisco 49’ers, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, ALL outdoor teams. Even back in the day, though they never won a title, the Vikings were a much tougher team. I know that with the stadium being able to be closed off during the very cold days of a Minnesota winter definitely has it’s advantages, I’m kind of old school, and believe that if there were at least a partially retractable roof, and was opened during a light to moderate snowfall, it would make for a great game for the fans, (if they come prepared and bundled up), and I think it would also give the players incentive to play a more skilled game… having to be more cautious and use their professional skills to the utmost. Some may say that fans like some of those in Green Bay or Chicago that’ll come to a frigid wintertime game without a shirt on are dumb asses and looney tunes, but I think that they’re just hard core fans that love their teams, and I mean LOVE them. Yeah, plus they are a little bit crazy. But hey, lots of football fans are. I really believe that if the money behind the building of the stadium had made plans for a retractable roof, (while still allowing the fans to stay dry), it would’ve made for a game that was much more fun…and perhaps even made the Vikings tougher, more competitive, and even inject more fire, more spirit, and more heart into the players. I would even go so far as to say that being exposed to the elements (like all of those other world championship outdoor teams) could’ve one day made the Minnesota Vikings world champions too. But I sincerely hope that it ends up not making any difference, and they can finally bring home the Lombardi Trophy anyway. After all, retractable roof or not, I won’t ever stop bleeding purple.

  4. dynalee10 says:

    Agreed ! I wanted an outdoor venue like Cleveland has , I just don’t buy the argument that aother cold weather cities can have outdoor stadiums buy for some odd reason “Minnesota” HAS to have a dome for multi use the other cities like Green Bay , Chicago , New York Pitsburgh etall seem to be ok with just an outdoor venue .

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