Five Firms Submit Bids to Design New Vikings Stadium

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 31, 2012 – 3:11 pm

Thursday’s deadline to submit design proposals for the new Vikings stadium resulted in five bids from nationally-recognized architectural and engineering firms. All five of the following firms have previous NFL stadium design experience:

AECOM (Ellerbe Beckett): Based out of Los Angeles, AECOM designed CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. The firm also oversaw the renovation of Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.

Ewing Cole: Philadelphia-based Ewing Cole partnered with 360 Architecture to design MetLife Stadium, the $1.6 billion home of the New York Jets and New York Giants that opened in 2009.

HKS, Inc.: HKS has designed two of the most recent NFL stadiums – Lucas Oil Field (Indianapolis-2008) and Cowboys Stadium (Dallas-2009). In 2008, the Dallas-based firm worked with the then-Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission and the Vikings on a new stadium outline for the Metrodome site.

HNTB, Corp.: Kansas City-based HNTB designed the San Francisco 49ers new home in Santa Clara – the most recent NFL stadium currently under construction.

Populous: Formerly known as HOK Sport, Kansas City-based Populous has extensive experience with facilities in the Twin Cities, having designed Target Field, Xcel Energy Center and TCF Bank Stadium.The firm’s recent NFL stadium experience includes University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona-2006), Gillette Stadium (New England-2002) and Reliant Stadium (Houston-2002).

Each of the five firms will have a chance to present their proposals to the Stadium Authority and the Vikings in the coming weeks. The Authority and the Vikings will be looking for creative elements that make this stadium unique to Minnesota and provide the game day experience Vikings fans deserve.

Fans will have a chance to see the firms’ previous projects next Thursday, September 6, on Mall of America Field beginning at 5:00 p.m. At this event, which is open to everyone, the public will get a chance to hear from design teams from the world’s top stadium architects.

The joint selection of a stadium architect will take place in mid-September, after which the vision of the new home for Vikings football will take shape.

We will keep you posted on the latest stadium developments, including an architect selection in the coming weeks. Thank you for your continued support, and as always, send your questions and comments to

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34 Responses to “Five Firms Submit Bids to Design New Vikings Stadium”

  1. By Mike B. on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply


  2. By RichardA1 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    There should be a vote from the fans, not just a few people, with thousands of votes! The fans should also be asked what they want in the stadium, and tailgating.

  3. By Spencer on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Who ever designs it I hope they leave the roof closed. Im sure the players dont want to play in frigid temperatures.

  4. By RichardA1 on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    I mean on the design, the fans should have a say. Also the exterior, what the fans want to see. Getting close to the Cut time.

  5. By tdurfeightyeight on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Why does everything move so slowly in Minnesota? I guess because if the temperature isn’t below freezing,it’s 90 degrees with the the humidity hovering around 100%…The bids should have been in months ago…man-o-man it’s going to take until 2018 before it’s finished…projection 4 years for completion my arse.

  6. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Things are slow up here because Minnesota is so progressive, it’s backwards.

  7. By tdurfeightyeight on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    aaahhhh…i get it

  8. By puckertrucker on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    The New Stadium should have a retractable roof so When the warm weather teams Show Up we would have an atvantage over them we could open the roof and freeze them out meaning the Vikes would have to get back to playing Viking Football the Old Fashioned way Bud Grant Style no gloves and no heated benches on either side believe me the Vikes could go 16-0 or 15-1 in the Division because Chicago and Greenbay don’t play in that cold of weather like the old Viking Teams did. and the Defenses should go back to playing like the Purple People eaters did. Hard nose football and take no prisoners. The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!Skol Fans

  9. By MIke B. on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    USA Today is saying RB Lex Hilliard, FB Ryan D’Imperio, OL Chris DeGeare, WR Emmanuel Arceneaux, DE Nick Reed, DE Jeff Charleston and DT Trevor Guyton. have been released or waived.

  10. By MIke B. on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    that’s all I have found so far

  11. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    The One and Only Pucker Trucker says Green Bay and Chicago do not play in the same cold as the Vikings? When was the last time you studied geography? They are not the warm weather teams you mention at the start of your paragraph. Besides, most retractable roofs, even when opened, will be just a shadow of the Old Met– the stadium will still be mostly enclosed and shielded from wind chills.

  12. By Mike B. on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    RB Todman cut Sage is cut

  13. By KoN on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Spener, Felder was cut. He might make the practice squad, but there are quite a few guys they cut that were also cut that will likely make the practice squad before him.

  14. By santone on Aug 31, 2012 | Reply

    mmm not sure ponder is even prepared we really needed to address QB , ponder is mediocre, be ready for another dismal but yet an exciting season of losing and horrible coaching , lol go vikes!

  15. By Radzinwisconsin on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Gillette Stadiums boat horn is alot better then hearing ”a vikings first down”! Ragnar needs to act tough as well because his kiddy dances are just embarrassing! The Met mascott was mean looking enough some players were frightened!!

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