Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Minnesota Vikings unveiled the final plans for the team's new $975 million stadium to the public for the first time on Monday night, another big step toward the aimed completion date of 2016.
A virtual fly-through of the new building was posted on the
Minnesota Vikings web site, in which fans can see computer renderings of the final plans.
The stadium features 1.6 million square feet, which amounts to nearly double the size of the Metrodome. It will seat 65,000 people for NFL games, but that number can expand to 73,000 for special events.
The building stands seven stories tall and features giant revolving doors on one end of the field as well as two 50x120-foot HD video screens at either end of the playing surface.
While many fans wanted a retractable roof to once again have the option of outdoor football, the plans include a fixed roof that features angled glass panes that allow natural light to hit the playing surface.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton was present at the unveiling, and he said he joins Vikings fans in their excitement for the new stadium.
"I'm just so excited about tonight because it makes this stadium one step closer to reality," Dayton said. "And it's closer to the time then when they're going to dig into the ground and thousands of Minnesotans are going to go to work building that stadium."
The new stadium is being built by the Dallas-based HKS, Inc. and is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 NFL season.