Videos

Installing the exterior metal panel system at Chase Center

Chase Center metal panel video

Chase Center will boast one of the most innovative architectural facades when completed. Watch what it takes to install the mega-panel system at the arena.

Click image to view video

Construction update of Oklahoma State Cowgirl soccer stadium

Oklahoma State Cowgirl soccer stadium update

OSU’s Cowgirls are getting a brand new US$20m 3,500 seat soccer stadium in time for autumn 2018. See how the progress is coming along

Click image to view video

Construction update of Oklahoma State Cowgirl soccer stadium

Spurs stadium walk-through video

As part of its sustainability efforts, the NFL’s Detroit Lions has installed solar panels on its home stadium and training facility, Allen Park, which will help offset some it its electricity costs.

Click image to view video

This college stadium has just approved a US$175m expansion, can you name it? 


Join our
LinkedIn Group


Web Exclusives

« back to listing

Raising the roof

Stadia meets the project managers for the groundbreaking ETFE roof being installed at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings

 

The new home for the Minnesota Vikings, the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, will be the first sports venue in the country to use ETFE for the stadium roof.

Approximately 60% of the venue – 248,000ft² – will be covered by the transparent copolymer plastic, making the stadium suitable for use all-year round.

Stadia spoke to senior vice president Kevin Taylor (below) and sports principal-in-charge John Hutchings (left) from HKS Sports & Entertainment Group about the latest developments in construction, and what they expect the roof to add to the venue.


Can you give us an update on the ETFE roof at the new stadium? 
The second installation will take place in August 2015, the third in September, and the fourth in October, with a November 2015 completion.

Why was this material chosen for the roof?
Sixty percent of the colossal venue, about 248,000ft2 of it, will be covered solely by this transparent material, ETFE. The space-age product, scientifically categorized as a copolymer plastic, lets in light like glass would. It’s just lighter, cheaper and self-cleaning.

 

 

Did you put the design out to tender?
We selected one design option that was the best option for the project. Following that, we put the design out to tender.

What were some of the major design concerns? Were weather handling, natural light and noise retention important to consider?
All of the above [were major concerns]. The ETFE material will stand up to the harsh winter climate conditions and provide natural daylighting. Given the cold climate environment, the use of a retractable roof is limited. In fact, the team would be lucky if they were able to open the retractable roof for two preseason games. 

What kind of atmosphere will spectators enjoy under the new roof?
It will enhance the connection to nature and the city. Its transparency will also allow spectators to have an experience that is more in line with an outdoor stadium without the rain or snow.

As the first technology’s first implementation in a US sports venue, do you feel the industry is watching the Vikings project with particular interest?
There are a handful of ETFE buildings around the country, like a train station in Anaheim, California, an amphitheater in Kansas City, Missouri, and a waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, but this will be the biggest.

Do you think other venues will be rolling out such projects in the future?
We think the success of this project will help pave the way for other stadium venues wrestling with the open-air stadium option. It will serve as a design benchmark.

August 20, 2015

 

RECEIVE THE
LATEST NEWS


Your email address:



Read Latest Issue

Web Exclusives

Transforming sport with playing surfaces made of glass

Playing basketball or tennis on a court made of glass doesn’t sound like it would be possible but new flooring technology is transforming the potential for the appearance and functionality of the next generation of playing surfaces.
Click here to read more



Everton FC campaigns to build new mental health facility

While English Premier League soccer club Everton FC is in the middle of planning for the construction of a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock it has announced that it is launching a campaign to build an altogether different type of facility in the form of a mental health center.
Click here to read more



How FC Barcelona is using futuristic mixed reality technology to design and build its Espai Barca project

The Espai Barca project, which will see an expansion and upgrades to FC Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium as well as a new 12,500 multipurpose venue, is bringing about a construction revolution by being built using the latest 4D mixed reality technology.
Click here to read more



Audi Field: Facts and figures

Audi Field, the new home of Major League Soccer’s DC United, has finally opened after breaking ground in 2017.
Click here to read more



MMArena performs Europe's first ever pitch transfer

MMArena, home to French soccer side Le Mans FC, has carried out Europe’s first ever pitch transfer between two arenas after it installed hybrid turf removed from the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, which is over 622 miles away.
Click here to read more




Submit your industry opinion

Industry BlogDo you have an opinion you'd like to share with the stadia community? We'd like to hear your views and opinions on the leading issues shaping the industry. Share your comments by sending up to 500 words to matt.ross@ukimediaevents.com

Submit Your Recruitment Ad

Recruitment AdTo send us your recruitment advertising or to receive information on placing a banner please email john.doherty@ukimediaevents.com

Supplier Spotlight

Supplier SpotlightWe are building a list of leading suppliers covering all aspects of the stadia industry. Want to see your company included? Contact john.doherty@ukimediaevents.com for more details.