Vikings stadium design unveiled tonight

Monday night, the Minnesota Vikings will unveil their proposed new stadium design in a red-carpet affair at the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis.

Among other things, we will get official word on whether owner Zygi Wilf has decided on a retractable or fixed roof. Every indication, as we discussed last month, is that the roof will be fixed and that a retractable "window" will be installed to provide fresh air and a clear view of the city.

My plan is to post a photograph of the design, which is subject to approval by the Minneapolis City Council, and a link to other information and images as well. There could be a few tweaks in the design before construction begins, but Monday night's unveiling figures to be pretty close to the final rendition.

In the meantime, you can find in this link two initial images submitted by HKS Architects, who won the bidding process to design the stadium last year. The best way to view those drawings is that they represent an intent to allow substantial natural light into an otherwise (mostly) closed structure.

The unveiling will be streamed live on 1500ESPN.com, among other news sites.