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Updated: September 28th, 2012 8:35am
Architect of Cowboys, Colts stadiums will design Vikings' new home

Architect of Cowboys, Colts stadiums will design Vikings' new home

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority revealed the architect for their new stadium on Friday morning, and the selection was no surprise.

HKS, Inc. -- which designed Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and Cowboys Stadium in Dallas -- will handle the $1 billion project, which is scheduled to begin construction next year.

"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," MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said in a joint statement issued by the team.

"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."

The MSFA unanimously accepted the recommendation to enter into a contract with KYS, which already worked with the team and what was then the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission to design the original stadium outline.

The Vikings have said many times they're using urban-set Lucas Oil Stadium as a model for their building, which will be built on the same downtown Minneapolis site where the Metrodome currently resides.

"Selecting an architect is one of the most important decisions we will make during this stadium process," Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf said in the statement.

"Through extensive research and collaboration with the Stadium Authority, it became clear that HKS' creativity and qualifications made them the best firm for this project. Having watched NFL games inside both of their most recent stadiums, we strongly believe HKS will deliver the ultimate game day experience for Vikings fans while also ensuring this facility serves all Minnesotans throughout the year."

HKS, the MSFA and the Vikings will begin a public meeting process on Oct. 15 in front of the Minneapolis Stadium Implementation Committee, according to a media release.

Four other firms submitted bids by last month's deadline.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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