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MSFA, Vikings Continue Evaluating Architectural Firms

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 14, 2012 – 12:15 pm

Together with the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), the Vikings continue to evaluate the five architectural and engineering firms that submitted bids to design the new multi-purpose stadium in Downtown East Minneapolis.

Last week representatives from each of the firms made their pitch to members of the Vikings, including team owners Zygi, Mark and Leonard Wilf, and the MSFA. The public then had an opportunity to hear directly from the firms and see their previous stadium projects in an open house at Mall of America Field last Thursday, September 6. Now it is up to the Vikings and the Authority to jointly select the firm that will best design this State asset.

“We are very impressed with the knowledge, the expertise and the creativity of the five firms that presented their proposals last week,” said Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley. “Each of the firms is highly qualified and remains in contention for this project. We are completing our due diligence on all five candidates to ensure we select the right team to design this stadium.”

Included in the analysis is a look at each firm’s most relevant experience and qualifications, particularly with respect to multi-purpose venues, NFL requirements, sustainable design, cutting edge technology, and inclusion of women and minority-owned businesses. The final decision will take all of the evaluations into consideration and will involve significant discussions between the Authority and the Vikings. While the selection of an architect will open the door to concepts and a vision for the new stadium, for now the focus remains solely on making the right decision.

“The Authority and the Vikings are spending the necessary time to review and select the best architectural team for the stadium and are anxious to move forward to keep the project on time and on budget,” said MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. “We only have one chance to do this, and we want to ensure we select the right team to build this stadium that meets the needs of the community, the Vikings and all users of the facility.”

The final selection is expected by the MSFA’s next meeting on Friday, October 5.

 

Vikings Submit Bid to Host Future Super Bowl
Recently the Vikings submitted a bid to the National Football League to host the 2018, 2019 or 2020 Super Bowl at the new stadium. The issue will not be voted on by NFL owners until the spring of 2014, but the Vikings will immediately begin working with the City of Minneapolis, the business community and Meet Minneapolis, the city’s convention and visitors association, to aggressively pursue bringing this major event to our market.


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63 Responses to “MSFA, Vikings Continue Evaluating Architectural Firms”

  1. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    FIRST— as is fitting for an emperor.

  2. By Spencer on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    Luck is going to carve the defense up.

  3. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    What has that to do with this article, Spencer? Stay on topic!!!!!

  4. By RichardA1 on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings need to give there fans a choice in what the stadium will have and or tailgaiting area, we have to have some say in this! Well the smoke in the room has finnaly cleared, the celebration from rompin and stompin on the last bunch of loosers we played is over. Vikes will be two and oh, can they handle it!

  5. By Spencer on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    We need to get Carlson more involved in the offense this Sunday. Hes healthy now- wasnt even on the injury report.

    And PLEASE limit AD, RUN TOBY!!!!

  6. By HCG. on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    No luck for luck Vikes31 colts 17.

    Win a helmet….http://vikingsfootballblog.com/

  7. By HCG. on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    you cant even say S C R E W on this site, HAAAA!

  8. By H.M.G. on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    @PurpleHaze
    First Jefferson was not signed he was traded for. Secondly Fraizer said he would play when he learned the playbook. Hopefully he learns it soon because the D needs the help.

  9. By Parody on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    2018 Super Bowl at the earliest? Why not try for 2016, right after the stadium is completed?

    Or has the location already been decided up through 2017?

  10. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    Because there always needs room for error when planning major projects– the stadium might not be completed at that time. And then what would happen? Superbowl at TCF? That would be cool, but the powers would not like it.

  11. By H.M.G. on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    I think they gave 2016 away already. Could be wrong.

  12. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s see some of the architectural plans Wobschall. Man up and follow through.

  13. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings have a tough game on Sunday– Frazier you better pump them up and make sure they are on fire to win.

  14. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    It is up to our defense on whether we win this game.

  15. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    It is on Ponder’s throwing arm that we win or lose this game.

  16. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    Kyle Rudolph will need to be productive for the Vikes to rack up a win.

  17. By odark30 on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    THe Colts game is a win for us……No brainer……pressure the rookie QB and watch him turn over the ball

  18. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    Scary and loser mentality odark. First rule in war– never underestimate your opponent.

  19. By Frederick Jones on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    It’s unbelievable how fitting this post is to 50% of the above.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Johnny Unitas in 1955. They never played him.
    The Steelers were 4-8 that year. Is it possible or even probable that Unitas, if he had not been picked up by the Baltimore Colts, would have never played in the NFL?

    Would Bart Starr, an average Quarterback, have ever been a HOF QB if Vince Lombardi hadn’t taken over the Packers in 1959? Before Lombardi, Starr was mostly a third string QB!!!

    How many QBs sat on the bench, or never played in the NFL, and yet were as good as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and etc. I say quite a few.

    It is a myth that the QB makes his team great. It is more likely that the team he plays for, makes the QB great!!!
    IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT THE QUARTERBACK, THAT IS MEDIA SENSATIONALISM!!!

  20. By Frederick Jones on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    The QB is the most important player, by far. Yet there are 21 other players on the field at the same time. Jones won’t give in the the media hype that only the QB matters!!!

    Those other 21 players have huge roles.

  21. By Frederick Jones on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    Announcers and writers should be telling us about what we cannot see. Hey, I can see what the QB did on that play!

  22. By Frederick Jones on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings will win Sunday if our D Line and O Line out plays their lines. Then C. Ponder might also throw for 300 yards. That is how it happens.

  23. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply

    It is the coaching that matters– they better prepare the right tactical plans in the war room or the Colts will surprise the Vikings, O Line, D Line, 300 yard passing attack or not.

  24. By Ozzinator on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Oz believes FredwardDogg is on to something. It aint time yet to go into hiding Fred. Games are won in the trenches, right?

  25. By Corey Fuller 27 on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    I just read an article that said the Jacksonville Jaguars in an attempt to avoid blackouts are permitting fans to bring thier own food into games,and selling any unsold tickets at 20 dollars a pop,wow.Go Vikes, see ya at the Titans game Oct 7th can’t wait.

  26. By Parody on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    So how long until the Jaguars move to LA?

  27. By DRS. on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Wobschall, why no new news on how Minnesota’s Supreme Court stands on the stadium funding issue? What is the time line for a decision, will it be constitutional? We need the court’s decision so that we can know where the money is coming from, if the Minnesota Supreme Court finds the funding unconstitutional than all this will be fruitless, because the issue will have to go back to the Minnesota legislature,( that is how I think the process works), and we all know how fun that was.

  28. By DRS. on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    We need a retractable roof to bring back a reminisce of the old days when the Vikings were a winning team and a game at the park was a Esperance of endurance of comradely.

  29. By DRS. on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Have things to do, will chat much later everyone.

  30. By JE on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    What we want to no is are we going to get a retractable roof or not. If your going to do it then DO IT RIGHT!!!!! Put in the retractable roof and be done with it. We wouldnt be tearing our current stadium down if they would have just did it right the first time. What a waste.! You cant call it a “state of the art” stadium if you cant open the roof!!!!! O,and would it be to much to ask for a nice,big area for us fans to tailgate.Tailgating is as important to many fans as the game itself. Do it right or dont do it at all !!!

  31. By DRS. on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Have fun everyone I will be off line all day, see you all tomorrow.

  32. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    @DRS…

    Sounds like a decision might come on Tuesday this coming week on the electronic pulltabs…

    http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_21546942/vikings-stadium-electronic-pulltab-games-could-be-plugged

  33. By RichardA1 on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    test 1 2 3 4

  34. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    JE, you are so right. They went cheap in the 80s. I remember how proud the politicians were that they picked such an economical design. I winced and was disgusted.

  35. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Richard can count. Good job!

  36. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Big game tomorrow and no new blogs? Ten blogs a minute during the middle of the week and now nothing, right before the game? Come on Wobschall!

  37. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on Sep 14, 2012 | Reply
    The QB is the most important player, by far.

    NOW JONES IS COMIN’ ALONG!

  38. By JE on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Awesome Beyond Belief hits it on the money!! I remember that as well and if they do it again it will be another flop! Go all out or dont even bother.

  39. By JE on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Im building a new garage next spring.Two stalls or three?? For an extra couple grand i can build a three. Thats right im building the three!!! If your going to spend 800,000,000mill than cough up another 150,000.000mill and do it right!!

  40. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Going cheap usually is costly.
    I bought an Italian, handmade leather wallet in the mid 90s for seventy some bucks– some friends said I was nuts. Guess what I have had in my back pocket all these years and is still there? Yep, and it finally is showing some wear on the inner edges, but still looks decent. I may retire it soon– but the point is, had I gone cheap, I probably would have bought 5-7 wallets in the same time frame– and would have spent more than seventy bucks.
    Don’t be cheap!

  41. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Time for a blog relevant to the new game. Wobbles is sleeping in Indy? Wake up young man and get some work done!!! Neglecting the fans is not the NFL way.

  42. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Wobbles must be having fun near Lucas field.

  43. By vegasvike on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings win and Lions lose…
    Sole possession of first place, for a week!

  44. By vegasvike on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    And what’s WordPress and why do I have to log in?

  45. By vegasvike on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    972 used id’s and passwords and counting….

  46. By Frederick Jones on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    @Ozz,

    You are the wizard man!!!

  47. By Frederick Jones on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    @Beyond Belief,

    Isn’t that a song by Petra?

  48. By Frederick Jones on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    T – G – C – G – T

    DE – DT – DT – DE

    Those guys are mostly what football is all about, but they get very little credit!

  49. By Frederick Jones on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    @VegasVike,

    I like your thinking.

  50. By Frederick Jones on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Why stay on topic?

  51. By Frederick Jones on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Would Bart Starr, an average Quarterback, have ever been a HOF QB if Vince Lombardi hadn’t taken over the Packers in 1959? Before Lombardi, Starr was mostly a third string QB!!!

    Jim Plunkett, #1 pick in the draft, played for 3 teams before he finally won a Super Bowl.

    Doug Williams, played 8 years in NFL, interupted by 4 in the USFL, finally won a Super Bowl after 11 seasons.

  52. By Frederick Jones on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    If it’s the QB examine Trent Dilfer’s career:

    Tampa Bay – 6 seasons
    Baltimore – 1 season and a Super Bowl Championship
    Seattle – 4 seasons
    Cleveland – 1 season
    San Francisco – 1 season

    Are you sure it’s all about the QB???

  53. By Frederick Jones on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Dan Fouts, 3rd Rd Draft pick…record 12-30-1 in his first 5 seasons as a starter.

    Terry Bradshaw, 1st Rd Draft pick…
    Rookie Year 83 of 218 (38.1%) 6tds and 24 ints
    then 13 tds and 22 ints
    12 tds 12 ints
    10tds 15 ints

    So why are some of you silly enough to want to trade Joe Webb or make him a WR?

    Don’ ma n’ sen’ tal’

  54. By Frederick Jones on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    STARTING RECORDS FOR THEIR FIRST THREE YEARS IN THE NFL:

    Troy Aikman 14-24
    Randall Cunningham 9-11-1
    Drew Brees (DREW BREES) 10-17

  55. By Frederick Jones on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    STARTING RECORDS FOR THEIR FIRST THREE YEARS IN THE NFL:

    Troy A i kman 14-24
    Randall Cunningham 9-11-1
    Drew Bre es (DREW BRE ES) 10-17

  56. By Frederick Jones on Sep 15, 2012 | Reply

    Don’ ma n’ sen’ tal’

  57. By Ozzinator on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    I just don’t understand why I don’t hear any talk about Mistral Raymond……………….sniff…whimper…….sniff

  58. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Rip Van Wobby ~ needs to WAKE UP !!!…

    Come on Wobbs…Its game day !!!…Where is a new blog to get the fans pumped up for the Colts ???…

    Vikings need to get the pa ssing game going this week early…And also throw the b all DEEP !!!…

    Vikings need to start challenging defenses down the feild with the pa ssing game if they want to truly have a dominate running game…

    If a defense starts crowding the line and taking away the running game, and the short pa ssing game…

    The offense must counter throwing the ba ll over the top of the defense and go long…Even if just doing so to overthrow coverage…To loosen up the defense…

    The Vikings do not do that…But seem to even get more conservative with their game plan when the running game has stalled out…And do not open up their game plan and throw the b all until desperate ???…

    This is a game Ponder should throw for 300 yards and 3 TD’s…

    Lets see if that happens ??…

  59. By JE on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Its game day boys!! Lets get the season off to a 2-0 start. If we can do that we have a chance for a playoff spot.

  60. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    If we barely win, next week we lose. If we win big, San Fran watch out!

  61. By Viking33 on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Why is Dilfer the poster child for a bad QB argument that won the Super Bowl….THere are exceptions to every rule – it does not make them the norm.

  62. By Viking33 on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes play their game and they should handle the Colts. If they play down to the competition, as they have been known to do, then the Colts will be in the game. We do not have the Killer Mentality yet….come out swinging and don’t stop swinging for 60 minutes. Swinging – Kickinig – Punching – Biting – Scratching – whatever it takes – within the rules of course.

  63. By Viking33 on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone else notice a change with the “New Officials” in that they seem to not be so generous with the pass interfenece calls as the “Old Officials”?? They do not seem to be so ticky tack – of course it is hard to tell if this is by design or just points to them just being bad. I kind of like it though – I can’t stand the lame pass interference calls

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