For the cool price of $975 million — $500 million of which is public money (guuuulp) — the Vikings will play in a shiny new ice palace three years from now. Personally, I think they should have just gone all the way with the straight igloo look, or maybe they could have given a nod to the vintage sugar mountain appeal of the old Metrodome that will be vacated after the 2013 season. Alas, I’m not an architect.

The design of the new yet-to-be named stadium that will be ready in a few years time (the Vikings will temporarily relocate to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium for two years) was unveiled last night. The new venue seats 65,000, and it comes complete with over 1,200 high definition television screens scattered throughout the concourse, and retractable windows at one end which will open when the climate permits.

Mostly, you’ll notice the glass. Lots and lots of glass…

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