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With a translucent material covering the south half of the asymmetrical facility, plus five 95-foot high pivoting glass doors on the front of the building, the Vikings will get as close as they can to the great outdoors while still playing in a controlled climate.
The $975 million project will be completed in time for the 2016 season. Until then, here are six other prominent signature stadium designs around the NFL.
THE SEATTLE SOUND: CenturyLink Field has given the Seahawks one of the most distinct home-field advantages in the league since it opened in 2001. That’s driven largely by the steep canopies that extend out over the field to cover nearly three-quarters of the seats — and, as a bonus for the team, trapped crowd noise to create a deafening background for opponents to try to run their offense.
The rainbow-like trellises on each flap help frame a bridge-style look that makes it immediately obvious to television viewers that the game is being played in Seattle, whenever a wide shot of the stadium is shown on the screen. Even if the TV is on mute.
STEEL CITY SKYLINE: The Steelers used to play in cookie-cutter Three Rivers Stadium. While the old place was a simple forgettable circle, typical of sports architecture of the 1960s and 1970s, where it was built was the important part.
So Heinz Field, which opened in 2001, used a horseshoe design to reveal vivid views of the city skyline at the edge of the Allegheny River, one of the three rolling bodies of water that converge to literally help put Pittsburgh on the American map. Spiral-shaped ramps at the corners of the stadium’s open end round out the familiar portrait.
ON BOARD WITH THE BUCS: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took their name to heart when Raymond James Stadium was put together for the 1998 season, placing a 103-foot-long replica of an early 1800s pirate ship on the plaza behind the north end zone, an area called Buccaneer Cove.
Cannon shots are fired to celebrate scores by the Bucs.
EVERYTHING’S BIGGER IN TEXAS: The Dallas Cowboys took luxury to a new level with their new stadium, most notably with the world’s largest video board that hovers over the middle of the field.
The screens are so big at Cowboys Stadium that a punt bounced off the video board in a preseason game in 2009 when the $1 billion showplace first opened, prompting criticism of the largesse engineered by owner Jerry Jones.
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