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The plans for this $975 million NFL stadium look like Superman's Fortress of Solitude

The Minnesota Vikings have some prett-ay, prett-ay big ideas.

THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS have unveiled designs for their new stadium which is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 season.

The $975 million dome was designed by HKS Sports and Entertainment Group. The Metrodome is slated to be demolished next year. The Vikings will play at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

The stadium, which was unanimously approved by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, must still be approved by the city of Minneapolis.

The plans for this $975 million NFL stadium look like Superman's Fortress of Solitude
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  • The new stadium will seat 65,000

  • The design has been compared to the sandcrawler vehicle in Star Wars

  • And while it is a dome, much of the structure is see-through

  • The stadium will have the largest transparent roof in the world

  • The doors open to a large plaza

  • Here is what the stadium would look like on gameday

  • The Vikings claim the stadium will be able to host more events than any other large stadium in the world including baseball, soccer, basketball, and motorcross

  • And don't forget concerts with pyrotechnics

  • But the big event the Vikings really want is the Super Bowl, and say the stadium can be expanded to seat 75,000 for the big game

  • The non-see-through portions of the stadium are rather plain

  • Of course, any new stadium must be loaded with amenities

  • And plenty of HD screens to watch the action away from your seat

  • Some of the 125 suites will actually be at field level putting fans closer to the sideline than any other stadium

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