The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Minnesota Vikings took a major step forward today in building a new multipurpose, world-class stadium as the two parties jointly agreed to hire architectural firm HKS Sports & Entertainment Group to provide design services for the new stadium. In a public meeting earlier this morning, the MSFA board unanimously accepted the recommendation to enter into a contract with HKS.
“We collectively selected HKS because they have exceptional qualifications and offered the most unique approach. They have designed world-class stadiums and they understand how to create successful multipurpose stadiums,” said MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. “They have exceptional experience in roof design which really set them apart from the other firms. They consistently raise the design bar on every project they are involved in.”
HKS designed the two most recent NFL stadiums - Cowboys Stadium in Texas and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indiana. The firm has extensive experience developing innovative sporting venues for collegiate and professional teams.
“Selecting an architect is one of the most important decisions we will make during this stadium process,” said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. “Through extensive research and collaboration with the Stadium Authority, it became clear that HKS’ creativity and qualifications made them the best firm for this project. Having watched NFL games inside both of their most recent stadiums, we strongly believe HKS will deliver the ultimate game day experience for Vikings fans while also ensuring this facility serves all Minnesotans throughout the year.”
HKS has pledged to work with a local architectural firm for a portion of the design and has committed to hiring 19% targeted businesses - 11% woman and 8% minority - owned firms for portions of the contract. The contract is for design services and is in the amount of $34 million, which includes fees for subcontractors.
“We are excited to begin work on the new multipurpose stadium. We learned a lot from building the Dallas and Indianapolis stadiums and we look forward to leveraging our experience in the design for the Minnesota Vikings,” said Brian Trubey of HKS. “Our design approach is: Listen, Innovate and Deliver. We are excited to begin our process with the people of Minnesota. We will soon have a local architecture firm as a partner, and are excited to hire targeted businesses to help with our design work.”
The Metropolitan Council has agreed to loan two executives as consultants to assist in the development of a process the Authority will use to ensure the involvement of women and minority firms in the stadium project.
HKS, the MSFA and the Vikings will begin a public meeting process on October 15 in front of the Minneapolis Stadium Implementation Committee at 4:00 pm, followed by a second public meeting in Minneapolis as well as meetings across the state.
HKS designed both Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the Colts and Cowboys Stadium in Dallas for the Cowboys. Below are images of said stadiums.