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At the end of the 2013 football season the Minnesota Vikings will vacate the 31-year-old Metrodome and play outside at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium for two years while the new venue is under construction. Two years of hard time outdoors will pay off for fans as the team will move back indoors in 2016. From the look of the new 65,000-seat building, though, they’ll feel a little like they’re playing in the elements, albeit with a controlled climate and protection from the rain, wind and snow. Opening the roof over the new home of the Minnesota Vikings would have forced planners of the $975 million project to eliminate some of the fancy features. So the team, the public agency in charge of the stadium and the architects designing it literally saw the light. The yet-to-be-named multi-purpose facility will have a translucent roof and moveable front windows. “Clear is the new retractable,” designer Bryan Trubey said of the mock-up for Minnesota’s new, glass-centric indoor stadium.The steeply pitched roof will let natural light stream in, making the covered, glass-centric stadium seem more like it’s outside. Trubey said the covering will be the world’s largest transparent roof.

Hat tip: Brobible.com and ESPN.com

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