Minnesota Vikings Unveil World's Largest Transparent Roof on its New Stadium
HKS Sports & Entertainment Group will design the new $975 million stadium for the Minnesota Vikings slated to be ready for the 2016 playing season. The stadium will feature the world's largest transparent roof, zinc framing and walls of glass. The 65,000 seat structure will function as a multi-purpose building that can be used for a variety of events. The transparent roof made with ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), will allow athletes and spectators to see the sky above without spending millions on a retractable roof.
The building also features four operable 95 foot glass doors that open to the public. Climate control and energy conservation, geography, history and technology were driving considerations for the design, which will now be presented to the Minneapolis Stadium Implementation Committee and the City of Minneapolis for review.