Vikings, Ramsey County Release New Arden Hills Stadium Development Images

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2011 – 11:22 am

The Vikings and Ramsey County released two conceptual images illustrating the various uses that could be developed around the proposed new stadium in Arden Hills. Both the summer and winter scenes represent the potential development as a result of remediating the former Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant (TCAAP) site.

The summer scene portrays various outdoor activities, including running and biking trails that could extend along the eastern edge of the site connecting to the Wildlife Corridor. Multi-use practice fields could be available for youth, high school and amateur sports, including football, lacrosse and soccer. The “main street” concept beyond the football fields could include a mixed-use corridor of retail, residential, commercial office and park space surrounding a community pond.

The winter scene provides a closer view of the “main street” concept, which depicts a winter destination of cross-country skiing, ice-skating on the community pond, hiking and outdoor fun around the fire pits. The “Lake House” adjacent to the pond could provide indoor and outdoor space for community events, adjacent to the main street restaurant and retail corridor.

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85 Responses to “Vikings, Ramsey County Release New Arden Hills Stadium Development Images”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Looks great !!!….When can we move in ???…

  2. By Twoodsnvikes on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply


  3. By Derek on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    If we do end up with the number one draft pick, I’d trade for a DB.

  4. By Brad on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I like it. Get building! I will be there.

  5. By Twoodsnvikes on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    We will trade for at least an additional 8 draft picks

  6. By dl000025 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Looks slightly better than a deserted army ammunitions plant that does nothing for property value or the economy..

  7. By Brad on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I think it looks great. I believe it signifies a lot about what MN is about. That is with all the outdoor lifestyle. I really hope they get this deal accomplished.

  8. By Bigfan1 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Looks beautiful, let’s do it. Let’s all hope it goes through.

  9. By vikes#1 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    sad to say but i dont think they will get it done. I think we will loose the team, there has been many great ideas to fund it and none of them are getting looked at. I will miss this team, and blame the repubs.

  10. By Twoodsnvikes on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    It will get done don’t be naive

  11. By Ben on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Looks so nice. Looking forward to enjoying many years to come in such a great facility. Go Vikings!

  12. By Anthony on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Looks amazing I can’t wait until they build it. GO VIKINGS

  13. By Ryan on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    where do you tailgate?

  14. By noyes on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    If the Vikings get the number 1 pick(they won’t but if) trade for picks. This years #1 spot is going to be worth a lot.

  15. By Neil on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Recently saw a game in Dallas and was in awe the entire time. I don’t even want to consider anything other than arden hills. If they do it in minneapolis, it will just be 30 more years of the same vibe. Arden Hills is the answer.

  16. By Lane Buscho on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Arden Hills, all the way

  17. By Ted Brown 23 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Get it built!! Put people back to work!!

  18. By calipackersfan on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I am an idiot i am an idiot i am an idiot i am an idiot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. By VikesFan on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    it looks nice, they should start building it when the stadium deal is figured out. im looking foward to saturdays game because redskins arnt that good.

  20. By IAmLegion on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Draft a franchise quarterback and maybe just maybe this stadium would be worth it. Tired of housing average quarterbacks.

  21. By IAmLegion on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Oh, and inept coaches as well.

    If these two things do not change this stadium will be nothing more than a new place for our team to get slaughtered in.

  22. By phil on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    How I WISH the Vikings would go back to playing outdoors!! It would be cheaper and our players would be tougher no matter where or who they play!
    Vikings have not been the same since they moved into a dome!

  23. By Todd C on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve died and gone to heaven ! Football Disney World ! Those plans look incredible. Call me when your ready to start building, I’ll be there hammer in hand ! SKOL Vikings. Keep up the great work Bennett and Ortega.

  24. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Todd C .. I’ll bring the drill gun

  25. By Zjay on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like a good enough place for the Packers to beat the Vikings for years to come.

  26. By Viking Joe on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t you packer fans have anything else to do ? Stay on your own blog, so much for your arrogant undefeated season !!!! The Arden Hills site looks interesting.

  27. By BL on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Next year Vikes… dont let me down, all right guys.

  28. By Frederick Jones on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    To my fine feathered friends,

    Tarvaris Jackson is 235 of 387 (60.8%) 2706 yards 12 tds, 12 ints., and he plays for the hopeless SeaHawks!

    Jackson may yet be a great QB in this league.
    The Vikings should have kept him, along with S. Rice.


  29. By Ryan on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Does anyone know why we using Lucas Oil Stadium design? The Vikings should come up with there own look that other NFL teams copy are style. But it looks nice tho

  30. By Tom Humber on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Really pleased with this – new stadium for the new season, maybe? Let’s get back on the horse.

  31. By ozzinator on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    @vikes#1- you sir are an idiot!

  32. By wacky on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    looks like we can have a great time at this site……good job, weeee…………….BUT, ( it’s to bad this team is not even worth watching! worst team ever!!!!!!!!!!)

  33. By Viking Joe on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    So much for your arrogant undefeated season !!! You packer fans go onto our site because yours is so boring, yes the Vikes had a terrible year, oh well it happens, GB stunk in the 70′s and 80′s, 20 years your team stunk.

  34. By Geiber on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not seeing the parking.

  35. By Curtis Koch on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like a no brainer! The new facility will create many new jobs and should pay for its self over time.

  36. By Dcalhoun on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Hey packer fan get off of the vikings blog and everybody that has been let down this season look at some positives ponder is learning and almost every game he has had a chance to win the game and aint like that the other teams that the vikings have played beat us by a lot or it wasnt a blow out build the stadium and you will get results ( by the way packers fan you were only undeafeated because you really havent played anybody good a lot of team with losing record is what you played this year) GO VIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. By Dcalhoun on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    another thing is that the vikings is 54 million down from any other team in the league

  38. By Dcalhoun on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    renvue in sales because the dome is so small and just doesn’t bring in that much money

  39. By Mark on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Lets help see this through Vikings fans, what a wonderful opportunity to finally get a new stadium for the most popular Sports franchise in Minnesota history. Build it and WE will come !!!

  40. By Danny Williams on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    This is what the state of Minnesota needs. They potentially have a stadium that will attract free-agents as well as boost the economy. Can’t get any better than this. GO VIKINGS!!

  41. By Ed Farnan on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    As kid in Glenside, Pa growing up watching the Vikings on TV I fell in love with the Purple Eaters, Bud Grant, Metropolitian Stadium, the snow banks the lined the fields, the flame throwers that defrosted the frozen turf, the way the sun cam in thru the back of the endzone with the big old out of town Viking scoreboard(remember Viking logs) …….no it was not a Taj Mahal but it had character and their players did as well. The Vikings need to play outdoors all the time to regain the homefield advantage if they want to win a Super Bowl.
    Don’t be fooled by the sales job. They are selling you on all the fluff and not telling how they are going to build a championship football team. The NFL and the owners get rich on these new publicly funded play pens. The fans pay the freight. Bigger is not better. Football is an outdoor sport. Minnesotans are hardy outdoor people. They want outdoor football. They want a championship football team. Not a Taj Mahal

  42. By James Hacken on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    This looks AWESOME!!! This is VERY attractive to full-year use, and does much to counter the “you only use it for a dozen games per year” crowd. The Vikings organization has tremendous vision on this, I just hope that the media and legislature can see what a gift this would be to our state.

  43. By Mark S on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Back in the mid 1950′s the sports fans of Minnesota went ahead and invested in a brand new stadium- Metropolitan Stadium- without a NFL or MLB team. The fans/taxpayers had the faith that if you build it, they will come. It took until 1961 but their prayers were answered and Minnesota got the Twins and the Vikings! Sadly, the fans in Minnesota today have punted the NFL Vikings for the past 10 years when a NEW STADIUM was in NEED. The Dome was built on the CHEAP and smart people new a fabric dome in Minnesota would not work for very long. Jerry Jones, owner of Cowboys, spent more on his scoreboard than it cost to build the Metro-Dump! I am a PROUD GREEN BAY PACKER FAN and I thank the powers that be, that my team is not stuck in the quagmire the Vikings are in! As an NFL fan that drives to Metrodump to watch my Packers beat on the Vikes for decades, I am prepared to drive a little further and pay alot more to watch the game in a SAFE, MODERN, COMPETITIVE Stadium! The parking-tailgating-traffic flow-amenities-concourses-men’s rooms, etc etc are ALL UNACCEPTABLE and UNCOMPETITIVE in today’s NFL. Its no wonder the team is in disarray, fans are upset, owner wants to leave and even fans of other teams are SICK of the DOME! Do the RIGHT thing and build them a new home!

  44. By Buddy Bubba on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    I would agree the Vikings need to go back to playing outdoors where the home feild advantage turly is and would not have to cost the state so much money. as far as the 2012 draft go’s the Vikings need to draft defince in the secondery and offince line.

    but they need to get it done now

    Oregon Viking Fan since 1970

  45. By Jake on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Dont repeat history (Lakers, Northstars) and let the vikes go, only to get another franchise 5 years later at twice the cost. Lets get this done!

  46. By Jake on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    lets talk about the good old days of the outdoor stadium. Back when preseason games were free to season ticket holders! I for one do not want to sit outside when it is -20 degrees with a -100 wind chill and pay $100+ a ticket to do it. A new statium without ticket increases isnt going to happen even if you brought your own folding chair, so why not watch in comfort. not to mention the possible player talent that wont play in an arctic stadium.

  47. By Jake on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    obviously an outdoor stadium didnt give the purple people eaters a “super-bowl” advantage. I dont know, but I am willing to wager the weather affected the home team as bad as the visitor. If you want the toughness, change the hitting rules back to the 60′s, when half the players had thier teeth knocked out and casts on thier arms. That was football!If you knocked out a QB with a cheap shot, you would have gotten a raise, now they get fined more than they made for a season and suspended for a few games!

  48. By Ed Farnan on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Please don’t tell me Minnesota has gotten soft? An outdoor stadium really has hurt the Packers, Patriots and Steelers. All who play in cold weather and oh yeah by the way have won Super Bowls. If you don’t like the cold go to the games in Sept and Oct and watch the games on TV in Dec n Jan. Problem solved. Next?
    PS do agree NFL rules are a joke. Can’t play defense anymore. All done to protect million dollar investments the QB

  49. By Parody on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    obviously an outdoor stadium didnt give the purple people eaters a “super-bowl” advantage

    Jake, think about that for a second. How many Super Bowls did the Vikings go to when they had the outdoor stadium? How many have they been to while hosting games in an indoor stadium?? Sounds like a Super Bowl advantage to me. The Super Bowl is always played in a neutral stadium, so nobody in that game can claim homefield advantage. GET A CLUE!

  50. By BC on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Looks great, but I think they forgot to sketch the tailgating area. That’s one of the the biggest selling points to me. The way they drew these sketches, there’s more room out on the current Plaza. I got spoiled going to SD and KC and seeing the atmosphere outside the stadiums

    I don’t care if it’s indoor or outdoor, I just want it built, and a place to tailgate that doesn’t belong to the STRIB.

  51. By chris on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    with the first pick of the nfl draft the minnesota vikings pick andrew luck stanford university!!!! hopefully the ponder experiment ends soon because we need some luck (no pun intended). until then joe webb starts. next we gotta restaff, get rid of speilman and frazier. 1 and 15 with miami dolphins 6 and 10 and then 2 and 10 with vikings. see a pattern???!

  52. By Nelly on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    We need to build an open air outdoor stadium!!!
    -$300M+ Cheaper to build!
    -Would give the Vikes a true home field advantage
    -Would get rid of all the lame fair weather fans!!

    BUILD IT ALREADY!!!!!!!!!
    Legislature; Get it done!!!!!!!!!!

  53. By Nelly on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    One more thing- Please, leave out the tacky limestone!!

  54. By Beach Viking on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings fan 43 yrs. they build it and i will make the trip from VA. As for the team. Offense and defense line first. Great line play will make average players look good. We just need some average DB’s and we will be fine. No coaching staff in this league can win with the overall talent on this team. But… Our Offense and Defense co ordinators are terrible. I can’t watch the pressers.

  55. By kevin on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    jobs, jobs, jobs why is it so hard to understand what this will do to our economy thousands of jobs builing a stadium with united states steel good for U.S.W and our union brothers and sisters lets help build minnesota back up lets build a stadium

  56. By jose cabrera on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    wow its beautiful, mn officials need to get their heads out of their butts!

  57. By Kadenbear on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    If OUR vikings leave it will hurt the state more than not. Get it done legislators! Just build it! Make Jobs!

  58. By Leo Luskey on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I hope our political leaders in Saint Paul will consider our State’s economy over their own positions in government. SAY YES TO A NEW VIKING COMPLEX IN ARDEN HILLS!

  59. By The Viking Don on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I think it looks awesome and represents Minnesota very well. Let’s build it.

  60. By Stephen on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I sur ehope that they get it done. I lived in MN for 11 years before I moved to the DC area in 84. I am going to be at the game and I will be the proud guy weraing purple like I do every sunday. I am a fan first and I hope they stay in MN but if they end up moving I will still be a fan. The state needs to get it done for the sack of the econmoy and the jobs. I use to live in Fridley and that Ardens Hills site is an isore. Great use of land.

  61. By Jeff S. on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I live right next door to the Arden Hills site. And I was glad when they put the walking path in where the military houseing use to be. To see the new stadium go in would be great. I say do it and quit putting it off. If we lose the Vikings it would be a huge loss to Minnesota sports and the state financily!

  62. By Jj on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Lol at the winter scene with everyone wearing hats. A little exaggerated, but ok. Looks amazing though.

  63. By leroy on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    looks great when do we get started and when can we move in

  64. By VIKINGSGIRL88 on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply


  65. By Bear 33 on Dec 24, 2011 | Reply

    Those pic’s of the NEW Diggs would be Great and ir would be the Class of the upper Mid West but ” Common Man ” we all know that MONEY talks and the BIG Shots in the Twin Cities wll get their way and it will be Cramed down in some small hole in the wall spot so that they all can have their cut out of it.( Money that is ). I would spend more money and time at something like that than I already do for season tickets. Skol Vikings !

  66. By S T on Dec 24, 2011 | Reply

    Arden Hills – Best choice for many reasons, MN will finally have a state of the art stadium which the Vikes have never had !! So we can move ahead of the Lambaugh trailor park in Green Bay.

  67. By DRS on Dec 24, 2011 | Reply

    Jake, 4 SB’s in the old Met, None in the dome, who had the advantage? Know your history. The outdoor stadium produced Fran T, Page, Forman and such, men who knew how to play the true game of football, not the mommy boys of this year’s team. If you want to watch the powder puff girls play, keep the dome.

    Have a great day.

  68. By DRS on Dec 24, 2011 | Reply

    My last post excludes players like Allen and such; they are more like page and the purple people eaters of old.

  69. By vikelifer on Dec 25, 2011 | Reply

    If these politians don’t approve this stadium deal in arden hills they are complete idiots and should not be re-elected.I can’t believe this thing has even taken this long,idiots,idiots the team has put forth their commitment,why can’t the rest of the idiots involved.And will somebody please tell me what Skol Vikings mean.

  70. By Kevin D on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Will the stadium be natural grass, outdoor stadium with a roof?

  71. By Joey S on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    The Minnesota Vikings are definitely in need of a new field. Final blueprint should include open stadium plan. When it comes to football, it should be played outdoors and they would be among the greats just like a couple of their division neighbors. Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota can easily generate tax scenarios to accomplish what the Minnesota Vikings need and if decisions were made against the plan, then it would be a very foolish diminish of their polotics. Minnesota Twins are happy with their new field. Minnesota Vikings, [their fans especially], want to be happy as well. Happy New Year!!!

  72. By leaf on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    SWEET!! Cant wait to tailgate!!

  73. By Jason Vesely on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    This I believe will happen. Because its where it should be. out in the suburbs on a plot of land with parking room and practice facilities. There’s revenue to be made on that.

  74. By MWagner on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    I would love to see the stadium in Arden Hills. For gods sake people it’s 10-15 minutes north of down town, It’s not out in the middle of the country! I HATE driving into minneapolis I don’t like the area, I never go anywhere BUT to the stadium, and I hate the parking. I am all for the Arden Hills site! Politicians – pull your heads out and get it done! The longer you wait the more expensive it gets. Quit with Minneapolis – it sucks!

  75. By MWagner on Dec 30, 2011 | Reply

    PS did I mention the parking??? I HATE PARKING DOWN THERE – and the traffic sucks getting in and out of the downtown area – even by the Twins Stadium. Stay away from down town!

  76. By Mrtalk on Dec 31, 2011 | Reply

    If Minnesota gets such a stadium, I would definitely have to come home from Germany to see the games. Lets just wake up and get this done!

  77. By Jarrett Allen on Jan 3, 2012 | Reply

    i want an outdoor stadium

  78. By Krista B on Jan 5, 2012 | Reply

    I really hope the Minnesota Politicians can get something figured out and fast. Coming from an outsiders point of view, I agree with the Arden Hills project, can’t say I would care if it’s a Huge Dome and complex or just a plain old field with Thousands and thousands of seating. I may not be a Vikings fan, nor am I from Minnesota. But when you live in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, or where ever it may be. The vikes games are the most sensible to take off for a drive to for a Nice Pro Football fix. I have lots of friends no matter who there Favorite team is, they head to Minnesota. So it’s a no brainer, Help your State, Help your community, Help keep Football alive in the Midwest! Honestly on any given Sunday at a Viking Game, how many different state license plates would you find in the parking lot!

  79. By Fan since '61 on Jan 10, 2012 | Reply

    I like it!! What lodging is close to this proposed stadium?

    Travelled to Minny to watch the Vikings pummel the Bears. They did just that only the score was lacking!!!

    Glad to see the former site of the Vikings. New sites abound hopefully!!!!

  80. By Fan since '61 on Jan 10, 2012 | Reply

    I plan many more visits next year.

  81. By Rob Hoth on Jan 17, 2012 | Reply

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE MAKE THE NEW STADIUM AN OPEN AIR OUTDOOR STADIUM AND IMPROVE THE TAILGATING EXPERIENCE!!! I am a fan of the team, but I hate going to the dome to watch a game. It is so boring. Football is meant to be played outside. I do not care if it’s 90 degrees outside in August, or -20 in January with a blizzard. This is NFL FOOTBALL! Us as fans can adjust to the weather like we have to do each and every day.

    Currently, the tailgating experience at the dome is none existent. Last time I attended a game, our group tailgated in the parking garage. Awful. As for building at the current Metrodome site, the tailgating experience will be more of the same. Choose Arden Hills where we can have sprawling parking lots of tailgaters all in one general area having a good time. What a concept!. Let’s do this new stadium right!

  82. By Tom G. on Jan 20, 2012 | Reply

    As an out of state, bleed purple and yellow out of control vikings fan, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, please do ALL football fans a justice and make this happen, that looks fantastic, I am sure my 7 year old daughter who chears just as hard as her dad would absolutely love to go there. I personally very excited to see it. i go to a vikings game at least twice a year from over in Michigan and I know now with a facility like what I see would turn into more.

  83. By Bill on Jan 25, 2012 | Reply

    I am so sick of these up tight people at our capital. Build the stupid stadium where Ziggy can have Ziggy town. The state will only reap the bennifits fromit anyway.

  84. By Mark on Feb 6, 2012 | Reply

    Arden Hills…downtown…NO WAY!!

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