Vikings stadium design bidders get work showcase

Associated Press Modified: September 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm •  Published: September 6, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The five architectural firms competing to design the new Minnesota Vikings stadium showed off their previous work Thursday as the team and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority gets close to choosing a designer for the project.

The open house at the Metrodome was sponsored by the Sports Facilities Authority, which is working with the team to build the $975 million downtown Minneapolis stadium. Renderings of proposed stadium plans will not be released at the event, but the firms will show off designs for some of their previous projects.

One bidder will be immediately familiar to Minnesota sports fans: Kansas City-based Populous, which designed the Twins' Target Field, TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The firm also designed Camden Yards in Baltimore, among other stadiums.

Ted Mondale, the CEO of the Sports Facilities Authority, said the group has ambitions that the new stadium will share a key feature with Target Field in how it opens onto downtown Minneapolis, affording impressive views of the surrounding skyline.

"Everybody is interested in making it a window to downtown," Mondale said.

But unlike Target Field, the football stadium will have a roof, though previous design proposals have included massive ground-to-ceiling windows with downtown views.

The other bidders are:

— Los Angeles-based AECOM, which designed CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks.

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