Given the extensive coverage of the team’s three-day mini-camp last week, we took a week off from the stadium Q&A, but we are back this week to answer more of your questions about the new facility that is set to open in 2016. Please continue to submit your questions here.
Jacob Fesenmaier - Who came up with the idea of
The image of Adrian is actually just an example of what is possible in using the steel media mesh that will allow high resolution images or videos to be shown on the prow of the stadium for various events. The media board will display various logos (example, NCAA logo for a Final Four), pictures, and videos as fans approach the plaza, adding to the overall game day or event experience.
Bill Keech - Will there still be tailgating close to the stadium?
We know traditional tailgating is important for Vikings fans, and our goal is to ensure that it continues with the new stadium. While we have some time to develop those plans, we are already well underway working on this team priority. We recently completed an internal survey of Season Ticket Owners to better understand the approximate number of fans who tailgate. We have also been working with Impark, our game day parking operator, to identify parking lots throughout the downtown Minneapolis corridor as potential tailgate locations for the future. This report along with the survey will help shape our internal conversations, as well as our discussions with the City of Minneapolis officials, who agreed to address expanding the tailgate zone as part of stadium legislation.
The other interesting development is the two-block park included in the potential Ryan Companies project. A nine-acre park next to a two-acre plaza could create some unique tailgating opportunities that do not currently exist in other markets.
Jason - Can fans enter the stadium from the west side without the pivoting doors being opened?
Yes, additional doors will be provided at the base of the pivoting doors to be utilized in inclement weather.
John Hedlund – Will I be able to go to the bathroom in the third quarter and not miss the entire fourth quarter?
No question. That issue will be alleviated in a couple of ways. First, the new stadium will contain approximately 100,000 more square feet of concourse space than Mall of America Field. While the two 360-degree concourses will vary in width, the plans currently call for a main concourse average width of 43 feet, while the upper concourse will average 38 feet in width. (For comparison, the concourses at Mall of America Field have a 24-foot average width.) That alone will immensely help relieve congestion in the concourses. In addition, the number of restrooms and points of sale will be significantly increased as compared to Mall of America Field. In the new stadium, the current general admission restroom ratio will be 1/40 for women (1 water closet for every 40 females) and 1/60 for men for the first 1,500 fans (ratios are still being finalized). Furthermore, there will be approximately 255 fixed points of sale within the general admission concourses, not including portable kiosks or the points of sale within clubs and suites. All of this combined will tremendously cut down on wait times and allow fans to enjoy the entire game.
Brandon Smith - Will the home team be on the north or south sideline?
The Vikings will be on the south sideline.