iso_55 wrote:Blue_In_Edmonton wrote:It's unique. I speculate that they've had enough difficulties with their roof that they decided against adding the complication of a retractable roof. It is already costing nearly a billion dollars. A roof that moves would only add to that.
With such a unique enclosed design like that holding 65,000 -72,000 seats I would think it costs just as much, if not more $$$ than a stadium with a retractable roof. It's the Vikings stadium to be sure & they can do what they want with it.
They have been a shadow of their former selves since moving into the Metrodome thirty years ago. If anything, this should have been an outdoor stadium like the one in New York so the thought of playing in Minneapolis in December would scare the **** out of teams. That was always why the Vikings were such an intimidating force back in the day. The weather late in the season.
I guess the thought of holding a Super Bowl once every 15 or 20 years in Minneapolis with a facility like they are building is more important than actually WINNING one.
It's more than the Super Bowl though...
The Wilfs wanted the Vikings to return outdoors, but the only way they could get any taxpayer funding was with an indoor stadium. Taxpayer funded stadiums aren't all that palatable to the public as it is, but are even less so if the stadium is only used 10 times a year. The state government wanted a domed stadium so it could be used year round and for much more than football-related events.
So, besides football and the occasional SuperBowl..
-NCAA Final Four and NCAA March Madness regionals
-conventions and tradeshows
-possible MLS team which would fill 18 or 19 dates a year
-social events (I know the old dome had ethnic-related gatherings - there was supposed to be a fillippino-related one that was cancelled when the dome collapsed)