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MINNEAPOLIS - The Vikings along with the stadium authority are on the verge of selecting an architect for a new stadium on the footprint of the old Metrodome.
What you may not realize is that team officials have been studying and touring stadiums throughout the league for months in preparation.
There are lots of luxuries they're looking at, but there are also high priorities that have been put on paper.
"Much wider concourses, more restrooms especially for women, more concessions and more variety of concessions," are at the top of VP of Stadium Affairs Lester Bagley's list.
A team hall of fame is also high on that list.
Bagley and the team's owners toured Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis this weekend before the Vikings game against the Colts. It wasn't the first time they checked out the state-of-the-art features.
"They've done a great job with the fan experience. They've got these unique 8-person suites," he explained, before listing off a whole host of other things.
Bagley is quick to point out that Lucas Oil is just one of the many stadiums the team likes. He says CenturyLink in Seattle and University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona are also great models to look at. Stadiums in Pittsburgh and New England may also influence the Minnesota design.
We ventured into the Vikings locker room to see what should be on a stadium "wish list."
"I think more seats," Running Back Matt Asiata said.
"We just left the Colts stadium and they had two pretty nice big screens. That'd be nice to see," Quarterback Joe Webb said.
Rookie wideout Jarius Wright was hoping the sky was the limit. "I would say retractable roof, I think that would be a good accommodation to the stadium."
On Jarius' behalf, we asked Bagley about it.
"We think it is important from a fan experience to have a retractable feature. If we can afford a roof let's look into that, but at least a window or doors or walls that open up in the end zone and plaza," the VP of Stadium Affairs said.
An architect will likely be chosen in the next 10 days. Bagley says the 5 finalists have all offered up great ideas and plans.
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