‘Metrodome Next' Stadium Facts and Figures

In practical terms, the new stadium project for the Vikings and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission is dead for this legislative session because of no full funding mechanism, but the design group has provided numerous details and studies surrounding the project.

The cold, hard truth for the Vikings this legislative session is that they won't be looking forward to construction starting on a new stadium in 2007 because the team and Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission tried to let the legislators form a plan for financing after the Vikings' efforts over the last decade were all rejected or never got to a vote.

That hasn't stopped the MSFC, the group that operates the Metrodome, and the Vikings from providing numerous details on the potential and necessity for the "Metrodome Next" new stadium project via the ROMA design group.

The MSFC began exploring new-construction possibilities on the Metrodome site in December 2006, along with investigating the possibilities for surrounding development. Its conclusion was that "continuing to operate the Metrodome on a status quo basis is not a viable option if the community's goals are to preserve the benefits of a year-round, world-class multi-purpose stadium and to provide patrons of the facility with a customer experience that meets their expectations and those of tenants and event organizers," the commission stated in an April report.

One of the staples of the surrounding development would be a "Winter Garden" light rail transit station and entertainment facility. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and his Garden Homes development company have been in talks with local land owners about purchasing surrounding areas, and Wilf has said the Vikings would contribute one-third of the cost of a stadium before roof expenses. The team would prefer to have an open-air stadium, but to make any new stadium a year-round facility the MSFC has proposed an additional $200 million for a retractable roof. The before-roof costs of a stadium are expected to be about $750 million, so the Vikings' investment would be approximately $250 million. Total stadium costs would run about $954 million.

The Metrodome, which was built in 1982 for $55 million with another $55 million in infrastructure costs, hosts approximately 300 event days per year. However, the Twins, Vikings and Gophers account for nearly 100 of those event days, and the Gophers and Twins are expected to be in their new on-campus stadium and downtown ballpark by 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Of the 31 NFL stadiums in the country, the Metrodome is the oldest one not in the process of being replaced or remodeled, and the Vikings' lease with the Metrodome expires after the 2011 season. With a new stadium would come a 30-year lease agreement from the Vikings.

With most of the infrastructure in place in the downtown area and 54.4 percent of the state's population and 73 percent of the state's economic output coming from the metro's seven-county area, according to published figures, the MSFC said "a redevelopment at the center of this economic bull's-eye provides the strongest connection of benefits to the populations that will most frequently and directly enjoy those benefits."


Detroit's fixed-roof stadium (2002): $471 million
Seattle's open-air stadium (2002): $465 million
Chicago's open-air renovation (2003): $590 million
Arizona's retractable-roof stadium (2006): $458 million
Indianapolis' retractable-roof stadium (2008): $675 million
Dallas' retractable-roof stadium (2009): $932 million
New York's open-air stadium: (2010): $1.7 billion


Stadium hard and soft costs: $616,564,000
Retractable roof: $200,729,000
Parking development: $58,130,000
Land cost of 5th Street right of way: $8,892,000
Escalation to early 2010 construction start: $69,601,000
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $952,916,000

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