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Behold the US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, future home of the Minnesota Vikings, clocking in at $1.1 billion (with $500 million from the taxpayers.) Wah-hoo, and pass the lutefisk tacos, honey….  Joshua Hardgrove, who nominated this humdinger, wrote: “….according to [architects] HKS, Inc., who built stadiums across the country and worldwide, its ribbed roof is supposed to be reminiscent of nordic vernacular architecture. The only thing reminiscent of Viking culture is the excessive violence and rampant consumption of ale.”

It’s a nice addition to the concrete wasteland of car storage that downtown Minneapolis has become. Note the depopulated street scene depicted below, with elevated walkways from the giant parking structure across the street. I predict that ten years from now there will be no more NFL as the oil-and-gas crisis really starts to bite. Malinvestments R Us. Go Vikes!


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  2. jayrome April 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    Too expensive way of creating jobs to build this. An Inflatable pneumatic stadium would have worked as well. Woo Hoo! $1.1 Billion, Good Job!
    But the roof is good for collecting rain water and 3 foot of wet snow will take it down in a jiffy.

  3. Graycenphil April 3, 2018 at 9:52 pm #

    I happen to believe we have plenty of oil to last us as long as we need it, though I realize there are other opinions about this. But if we ever do run out of oil, NFL football will probably be the last thing to go, along with private jets. Pretty sure there will be a Superbowl LXII, and folks will be tailgating in their SUVs.

  4. jeff2002 April 6, 2018 at 8:59 am #

    It’s the current home of the Vikings, not the future home. AND they just played a Super Bowl there. As stadiums go, it’s not so bad–we’re well past the days of building something like the Roman Coliseum. It’s hardly news that it was built in an asphalt wasteland, since every stadium is. Where else are you going to put cars for 80,000 people? Not an A-list eyesore, but I suppose anything this size would deserve a vote nowadays.

  5. swhite April 7, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

    Well, well, I can hardly sit by while people are dissin’ my stadium but I haven’t been down there yet to demand my tour (since I am paying for it) and so can’t comment fully on its eye-soreness. The thing about it that offends me is that during construction there was concern that something about its glass would lure too many migrating birds to their deaths, and it was suggested that more bird-friendly glass could be installed for an amount of money which was large, but not so large in relation to the total cost. They wouldn’t do it. So I don’t like the whole idea of, we are billionaires, we want a new stadium, you will pay for it, we will make it the way we want, and nothing else matters but what we want. (To be fair I must point out that the above is my subjective impression of the whole process and I was not consulted on the design.)

  6. San Jose April 7, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

    The new San Francisco 49’s stadium in Santa Clara is much uglier than this.

  7. bymitch April 9, 2018 at 5:02 am #

    San Jose, The Levi’s Stadium is a real humdinger too, whether uglier than the Viking’s hangout, or not, is all subjective.
    We have things like that down here too, utility structures designed for one purpose; public toilets, transformer enclosures, or temporary seating for large crowds.
    These are spaces you endure rather than enjoy, while you go about your business.
    Wrapping these things up is always going to be tricky, like that scuba set you are giving someone for a birthday or Christmas gift.
    You use miles of paper, and tape, to cover all those things sticking out everywhere, and gleefully pass the package off as resembling nordic vernacular architecture.

    • Architectural Observer April 15, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

      Why do architects still bother trying to convince people of normal cognition that their creations are rooted in whatever the local historical references are? It’s all BS and they know it. This thing will be high maintenance for as long as it stands.

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  9. Warren May 2, 2018 at 10:34 am #

    In the late 90s I went to a convention in Minneapolis it was downtown, walking through the skywalk as it was called was like walking through a mall or an airport, even on a nice mid week summer day the street level sidewalks were empty as everyone used those horrid antiseptic gerbil tunnels, I could not wait to leave that silly little city and vowed never to return, years later I imagine it is much worse,

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    Well my taxes I’ve paid to the state have gone to the darn thing, so I better well like LOL

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