It’s been awhile since the Vikings stadium bill passed through the Minnesota state government. Now, the Vikings and stadium council are busy designing what the stadium will look like.
Below are highlights from Lester Bagley’s conversation with the Pioneer Press:
- Stadium team: legal team (national and local legal expertise), project manager to run construction/design, and owners’ representative
- Fixed or retractable roof? — stay tuned
“It’s a fixed-roof facility, but if we can cut costs, manage costs, our goal is to have a retractable feature (such as a portion of the roof that can be opened to view downtown). Some retractable feature, we think, is important. That’s the one thing we’re working on.” – Lester Bagley
- No training facility on site
“Right now, the preliminary design at the Metrodome site does not include a training facility. There’s not enough room. At the same time, our facility in Eden Prairie has challenges. Something needs to be done to address the shortfalls at Winter Park. Now that we have the stadium issue resolved, I think, in due time, the Wilfs and Vikings will turn attention to our training facility. Either we try to do something on site or we have to consider another location. We’re very early in the analysis other than the conclusion something needs to be done.” – Lester Bagley
- What to look for?
“We want to see a signature facility that is unique to this market. We may not know what that is just yet.” – Lester Bagley
Essentially, the whole stadium design is in a wait and see mode and will likely take time for it to developed. Construction doesn’t start until next year so the Vikings have plenty of time time design the perfect stadium for construction!