The home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings opened in 2016 at a cost of $1.061 billion with a seating capacity of 66,860 for football to 72,711 for basketball events.
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|Address:||401 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55415|
|Construction Cost:||$1.061 billion|
|Structural Engineer:||Thornton Tomasetti|
|Playing Surface:||Act Global Artificial Turf, FIFA Certified UBU Speed Series S5|
The stadium was designed by HKS Inc, who was working on their third professional football stadium after being part of the design for Dallas’s AT&T Stadium and Indianapolis’s Lucas Oil Stadium. The firm used elements of Nordic architecture, like sloped roofs, exposed trusses and more for the team connected to Norse culture by both moniker and local heritage from the influence of Scandanavian immigration in the 1800s.
But despite these positive design elements and public support, US Bank Stadium is one of the most controversially designed sports arenas in the United States.
US Bank Stadium literally replaced the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome as the home of the Minnesota Vikings, as it was built on the same piece of property. The ground broke for the new stadium almost a year before the former’s demolition was finished, meaning there was no transition time to recognize the historical relevance of the Metrodome.
The roof of US Bank Stadium is primarily made of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, a transparent, fluorine-based plastic. It is the largest roof of this kind in North America, spanning 240,000 square feet (22,000 square meters). This is a big concern for Minnesota fans, given the infamous collapse of the “bubble roof” design used by the Metrodome in 2010 and a point of contention in the design of the stadium. Unlike many other newer stadiums — including the ones designed by HKS — a retractable roof was too expensive for US Bank Stadium. While Vikings ownership wanted an outdoor stadium, there was not enough public support for funding without a roof so the arena could host Super Bowls and Final Fours. However, the material’s strength given the slanted roof design was approved.
The most controversial design aspect dealt with the transparency of the glass used for the large window on all sides of the stadium. Despite the requests from local and national conservation groups, the design used a transparent glass for aesthetic reasons. The result was the state’s third-most deadly building for birds. US Bank Stadium is in the middle of the “Mississippi Flyway”, the migration route used by 40 percent of all fowl in North America. A study completed in 2019 by stadium owners Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority proved that the stadium killed a large number of birds, but not as many as expected. It is still a debate on whether or not the glass will be replaced for a cost of $10 million, a large expense when it would have cost only $1 million to install the bird-friendly materials in initial construction.
Other controversy outside the design continues, including shortfalls from state gambling revenues impacting maintenance funding and the decision of Minnesota FC to build a smaller outdoor stadium instead of playing inside.
In addition to hosting the Vikings, the US Bank Stadium also hosts basketball games for the University of Minnesota. It hosted Super Bowl LII, the 2019 Final Four and multiple motocross events like the 2018 X Games. It can also host soccer games, with its largest attendance of 64,101 for a Chelsea FC-AC Milan tilt in the 2016 International Champions Cup.
A positive upswing for US Bank Stadium is the popularity of concerts. Every concert has sold out its seating configuration, ranging from 32,851-98,774 capacity. A two-day concert by Garth Brooks brought in over 140,000 fans in May 2019, which was the last concert before COVID-19 related shutdowns.
Minnesota Vikings Info
|Rivals:||Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers|
|Team Colours:||Purple, Gold, White|
|Club Mascot:||Viktor the Viking|
|Nicknames:||The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters, The Purple and Gold|
|Fight Song:||Skol, Vikings|
|Team Owner:||Zygi, Leonard and Mark Wilf|
|Top Passing Leader:||Fran Tarkenton|
|Top Rushing Leader:||Adrian Peterson|
|Top Points Scorer:||Fred Cox|
|AV Leader:||Carl Eller|
|Winningest Coach:||Bud Grant|
|Famous Players:||Alan Page, Randy Moss, John Randle, Paul Krause, Chuck Foreman|
|Famous Coaches:||Mike Zimmer, Bud Grant, Jerry Burns|
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at U.S. Bank Stadium?
Minnesota Vikings play their home matches at U.S. Bank Stadium.
What is the capacity of U.S. Bank Stadium?
As of 2022 U.S. Bank Stadium has an official seating capacity of 66,860 for Football matches.
When was U.S. Bank Stadium opened?
U.S. Bank Stadium officially opened in 2016 and is home to Minnesota Vikings
What is the ZIP code for U.S. Bank Stadium?
The ZIP code for U.S. Bank Stadium is 55415.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit U.S. Bank Stadium in 2022. Please visit the official website of Minnesota Vikings for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.