New stadium funding plan revealed

Vikings Stadium
HKS Architects released this rendering of their vision for Minnesota's new NFL stadium. Part fluoroplastic, part Viking sailing ship, it gives an angular nod to other Minneapolis landmarks like the Walker Art Center and the Guthrie Theater. Although it won't have a retractable roof, the south half of the roof will be sheathed in a transparent polymer made famous by the glowing exterior of the Bejing National Aquatics Center from the 2008 Olympics. The north half of the roof will be conventional "hard deck" roofing, and fans inside will be able to see the sky year round, without sitting out in wintry weather.
Photo courtesy of HKS Architects

State officials have settled on a new plan to pay for the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. They're turning to cigarette taxes and tightening up corporate income tax enforcement to pay most of the state's share of the nearly billion dollar project. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson, who covers the Vikings stadium story.

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