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Will new Vikings stadium have partially retractable roof?

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10:00 AM ET 08.19 | There seems little chance that the new Vikings stadium will have a fully retractable roof when it opens in 2016. That's because the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority that oversees the project has received an estimate that such a roof would cost $190 million in addition to the $975 million already projected for the stadium. There is a better chance, however, that the stadium that will be built on the site of the Metrodome will have a partially removable covering that would allow for a view of downtown Minneapolis. A partially removable roof would be expected to cost between $25 million and $50 million. One problem, though, remains: who would pay for it, the Vikings or the authority. Both sides are reluctant.

St. Paul Pioneer Press

New Vikings stadium concept, New Vikings stadium concept,
August 19, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Let The Sun Shine In, Bros?

August 19, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Nothing good comes out of this....

August 19, 2012  10:18 AM ET

Vikes looked Good this Week!!! Hopefully they can keep it up, that would make for an outstanding Black and Blue Division!

August 19, 2012  10:20 AM ET

I can't wait for this announcement. Dr. Evil will show up and say "And the final cost shall be.... ONE BILLION DOLLARS!!!!"

August 19, 2012  10:21 AM ET

The last roof they had retracted. it just took a bunch of snow to make it work.

August 19, 2012  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The last roof they had retracted. it just took a bunch of snow to make it work.

Damn engineering flaws...

August 19, 2012  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Damn engineering flaws...

So Otis, if it is cold as he@@ in Minny and I sit on a bench outside the facility and get a frostbitten buttock, can I sue the owner?

August 19, 2012  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I can't wait for this announcement. Dr. Evil will show up and say "And the final cost shall be.... ONE BILLION DOLLARS!!!!"

A Billion dollar stadium. Then they'll up in the middle of the night and move to LA

August 19, 2012  11:15 AM ET

If they want an MLS team, they have to have a retractable roof. The Wilf's want to bring a team on. Makes sense, given it would then be in use in the summer.

August 19, 2012  11:24 AM ET

Haha, MLS.

NFL practices draw bigger audiences.

That sounds like a good way to eff yourselves monetarily for the next 5-10 years.

August 19, 2012  12:05 PM ET

Y'know, I remember back in the old days, when football was played without a roof.

August 19, 2012  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Y'know, I remember back in the old days, when football was played without a roof.

Just wait until that Superbowl is played at MetLife Stadium. listen to the howls then.

August 19, 2012  12:39 PM ET

jerry jones all about removable/collapsible roofs

August 19, 2012  12:39 PM ET

New stadium, lousy team.

August 19, 2012  01:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Haha, MLS.NFL practices draw bigger audiences.That sounds like a good way to eff yourselves monetarily for the next 5-10 years.

HERP! DERP! haha...clueless fan writes clueless stuff, yes?

August 19, 2012  02:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

jerry jones all about removable/collapsible roofs

And BURNT BUTTOCKS, as well as that Burnt Secondary, which by the way played well last night!

August 19, 2012  03:05 PM ET
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So Otis, if it is cold as he@@ in Minny and I sit on a bench outside the facility and get a frostbitten buttock, can I sue the owner?

Either the owner of the stadium or the manufacturer of the crappy winter apparral.

Unless you aren't wearing winter apparral... In which case you sue the maker of the whiskey.




Groucho Marx passed away on this date in 1977

August 19, 2012  03:34 PM ET

I just wish we'd have gotten rid of the Dome all together, but that obviously wasn't going to happen. That's why I can't wait until we played at TCF Bank Stadium in 2015.

August 19, 2012  03:44 PM ET

I say let the middle class taxpayers of Minnesota put more money in the hands of billionaire Ziggy Wilf and the multi-millionaire players. Who could POSSIBLY expect them to build their own stadiums when the NFL only brings in $9B per year?

 
August 19, 2012  04:53 PM ET
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And BURNT BUTTOCKS, as well as that Burnt Secondary, which by the way played well last night!

Didn't a bunch of fans get hit with falling snow a year or so ago. Can't win Cowboys. :)

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