Consensus grew that the Metrodome – the world’s only venue for a Super Bowl, World Series, MLB All-Star Game, and NCAA Men’s Final Four – had accomplished its purpose and past its prime.
Bagley: “At the time of the roof collapse, we were in the middle of a long-term stadium debate and our argument for a new stadium in Minneapolis was the fact that the Metrodome was out of date. It was basically a concrete bunker with a Teflon roof. It wasn’t complicated and it wasn’t long-term, viable establishment for our market. “
In the short term, the roof and lawn that had formed from the rainfall were replaced in time for the 2011 season, but the Vikings held on to their search for a new home. Some countered that the building had a new roof, so it should be fine.
After ten years of efforts by team officials and Viking fans, legislation for a new stadium was passed in May 2012.
The decision to move the new venue – eventually called US Bank Stadium – on the Metrodome site was associated with a tight turnaround.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the US Bank Stadium took place on December 3, 2013, and 26 days later the Vikings’ last game took place in the Metrodome.
It was also Allen’s last game in Vikings Purple.
Additionally, the location meant the Vikings would return to the elements for two seasons at the University of Minnesota during the construction of their new iconic home.
Davisson: “Having the game there in ’10 really helped us when we wanted to play there for two years because we knew what we needed and what could go wrong when more things went wrong.
As the Vikings learned to restore their home advantage and be the first team to play home games in a temporary stadium that would host a playoff game, work continued on the east end of downtown Minneapolis, creating developments in the surrounding blocks and changed the skyline.
The elements – especially the snow removal, but also the desire to include as much natural light as possible – prompted architects from HKS to use ultra-modern, clear ETFE on 60 percent of the roof. The panels are super strong. Air support is still built in, but for a much smaller period of time.
The US Bank Stadium was the first major sports center in North America to use ETFE. This enabled the use of just one central ridge framework and saved 2,000 tons of structural steel. The building’s sharp roofline on the other 40 percent and the ETFE are helping the US Bank Stadium throw snow into its huge snow channel. Heaters melt the snow and the water flows through the venue’s rainwater management system.
Bagley: “The fact that it took us 12 years to finalize our stadium contract through the community and lawmakers gave us plenty of time to visit stadiums across the league. We figured out what we liked and what we didn’t like so we had a kind. ” A pretty good idea of what we wanted to see, and of paramount importance to what we wanted to see, was home advantage. The Metrodome offered a huge home advantage in terms of volume but built a new stadium and envisioned this home. Field advantage was the challenge. The design with the ETFE roof, the transparent roof and the pivoting doors was important. It also turned out that the roof angle – and the roof angle – were supposed to get the snow off the roof so we could avoid future situations – also helped as a reflector. It reflects the sound back and actually a kind of angle to the visiting bench. So the pivoting glass doors and the ETFE roof were really important to the noise level intimate bowl, an intimate fan experience proved to be a huge home advantage at US Bank Stadium. “
Think of Allen as a traditionalist. Sure, he may appreciate modern conveniences and a walk to the no-elevator locker room with hot dog and nacho flavors, but he also has tremendous memories of playing under the Metrodome’s pillow and fierce memories of the rooftop sinking caused.
All: “Yeah, sure. They gave us a tour – my wife and I and the kids – and I just said, ‘This is ridiculous. Kids are spoiled these days.’ But no, it’s a beautiful stadium. The city honestly deserves it. It’s a beautiful place. It’s a beautiful part of downtown. I was really blown away. They took the best of all the new stadiums around it. It is It’s phenomenal. It’s an incredible atmosphere for football and I’m a little sad that I wasn’t allowed to play in it. “
Greenway’s career began on August 14, 2006 at the Metrodome. The first-round pick tore his ACL as he reported a prelude to the pre-season opener in Minnesota. The native South Dakota-American recovered and played through 2016, showing off grit on the field and becoming a pillar of the Twin Cities community in which he continues to live.
The Viking for Life knows the life of the Vikings as evidenced by the way the organization faced the crisis to resolve immediate problems and continue to work towards a long-term solution.
Greenway: “Well, I think it says a lot about the Viking Organization. One thing is that sometimes we are a little bit pressured. Sometimes we are a little unlucky. And that has haunted us throughout our careers or throughout our organization [history]. But the other thing I’m going to say is very resilient people in general, from ownership to management to our staff – support staff, players and coaches. It never became an excuse. It never turned into, “Well, this happened, so we can’t succeed.”
“And even though we had a tough year, it never became part of that story. We wanted to sort of push that through and of course succeed in our own way as a team and as individuals, but I’ll say it’s resilient.” Group, the Minnesota Vikings. Great ownership. And I think it says a lot about an organization that can get through this crazy, chaotic series of weeks and still come out in one piece.
“I love the Vikings for that and [love] to be part of this crazy year. I think you look back on the 2010 season and I am glad that this is special because it really is an amazing year. And even from a gamer’s perspective, there are so many things going on behind the scenes that it’s a really juicy story. I’m glad it’s told. “