About 300 tickets to the May 13 unveiling of the design for the new Vikings stadium will be available to the general public, the head of the public stadium authority said.
The free tickets will be first-come, first-serve and probably distributed at the Metrodome rather than the Guthrie Theater, where the unveiling will be held, said Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which is overseeing construction of the $975 million project.
Details about the design of the new stadium have been kept under wraps, so this will be the public's first chance to see what it will look like.
The presentation of the new design will take place at a meeting of the authority at the Guthrie's 1,000-seat Wurtele Thrust Stage, starting at 7 p.m. Several community organizations and stakeholder groups are being invited in addition to the limited number of tickets for the general public.
The first half hour or so will be the design presentation from stadium architects HKS Inc., followed by comments from various interested parties, some video presentations and other information. The meeting will last 60-90 minutes, Kelm-Helgen said.
The public is not being invited to comment on the stadium design at this meeting, Kelm-Helgen said, though there will be opportunities to give input at future authority meetings. She also said stadium officials plan to take the design around the state to various public meetings after the 13th.
The five members of the authority will take a vote at the end of the meeting on submitting the design proposal to the city of Minneapolis, which would start the permitting process, said Kelm-Helgen.
Construction could begin shortly after the Vikings' last game this season at the Metrodome, which will be torn down to make way for the 65,000-seat stadium. The team hopes to begin play in its new home in 2016.
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