Are Vikings Whitewashing Bird Droppings Issue?

There are many big unanswered questions associated with the new stadium being constructed for the Minnesota Vikings. How will we pay for our new sports palace if iPad gambling problems continue? Will we be able to host a Super Bowl, so Johnny Manziel and the rest of the Vikings can enjoy home field advantage? […]

How to Improve the Vikings Pedestrian Bridge With One Easy Step

On July 2nd, it was announced that the Minnesota Vikings have offered to shoulder half of the burden of building a pedestrian bridge over Chicago Avenue and the Downtown East light rail station. While this doesn’t necessarily exonerate the bridge from the sharper criticisms of Nick Magrino’s story on the issue (particularly on how […]

What could $6.5 million mean to Metro Transit?

$6.5 million could extend Route 6’s hi-frequency service all the way to the University of Minnesota. If you haven’t heard, the Vikings and the Met Council looking at partnering to build a pedestrian bridge that would lead directly from the new Vikings stadium to the Track 1 platform of Downtown East station. The reason this bridge is […]

How to Improve the Urbanism of the New Vikings Stadium

The Stadium Implementation Committee meets July 18 and several more times in to September to advise on key design decisions related to the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. This post is primarily concerned about the relationship of the stadium to its surrounding urban environment. In late May Oslund & Associates presented the landscape plan for the […]

Minnesota Vikings Stadium Needs Better Urban Design

The architecture of the Minnesota Vikings Stadium: take it or leave it? Personally, I think it looks like a cross between a laser jet printer, a drunk Frank Gehry and something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. This is not a compliment. However, be this as it may, preference on architectural styling, no one […]

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Free Idea: Keep Branding Off Vikings Stadium, Add It With CGI for TV Broadcasts

[…] it’s 3rd & 2. Are there any other possible applications for this technology? Last week U.S. Bank announced it had purchased the naming rights to the new Minnesota Vikings stadium rising on the east side of Minneapolis’ downtown. Such deals are common–see Target Field, Target Center, TCF Bank Stadium, the Midterm Elections Brought to You […]

Map Monday: Blue Line Station Plan

Here’s a map, tweeted by a reader, of the original blue line station area plan, next to the now-defunct HHH Metrodome, c. 1999: Kind of interesting given the recent debate (spurred by Nick’s post) over the pedestrian bridge by the Viking’s stadium. My initial reaction is that plans stay on the books long after they’re first proposed, and never completely disappear.