Architect HKS chosen to design new Vikings stadium

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MINNEAPOLIS - The architect who designed the stadiums for the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts has been chosen to design the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority announced the $34 million contract Friday with HKS Sports & Entertainment Group.

"We collectively selected HKS because they have exceptional qualifications and offered the most unique approach. They have designed world-class stadiums and they understand how to create successful multipurpose stadiums," said MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen. "They have exceptional experience in roof design which really set them apart from the other firms. They consistently raise the design bar on every project they are involved in."

HKS designed the new Cowboys Stadium in Texas as well as the Lucas Oil Stadium for the Indianapolis Colts.

Five firms put in bids to design the $975 million Minneapolis stadium, including the Kansas City firm that designed Target Field, Xcel Energy Center and TCF Bank Stadium. The other firms have also designed prominent sports venues around the country.

HKS, the MSFA and the Vikings will begin a public meeting process on October 15 in front of the Minneapolis Stadium Implementation Committee, followed by a second public meeting in Minneapolis as well as meetings across the state.

Groundbreaking on the new stadium is expected next year, with a goal of opening by 2016. It will be located at the site of the Metrodome, on the eastern edge of downtown Minneapolis.

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