The open house at the Metrodome was sponsored by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which is working with the team to build the $975 million downtown Minneapolis stadium. Renderings of proposed stadium plans were not released at the event, but the firms will show off designs for some of their previous projects.
One bidder was immediately familiar to Minnesota sports fans. Kansas City-based Populous designed the Twins' Target Field, TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The firm also designed Camden Yards in Baltimore, among other stadiums.
The other bidders are:
Authority and team officials are interviewing firms Thursday and Friday, and plan to announce a designer on Sept. 14. Construction on the Vikings stadium, roughly at the site of the current Metrodome, is scheduled to get underway in 2013 with a hoped-for opening of 2016.