Groundbreaking for the new Vikings stadium took place on December 3, 2013. It is being built partially on the same property as the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Vikings from 1982 to 2013, which was demolished in early 2014. The new Vikings Stadium is scheduled to open in July 2016.
U.S. Bank Stadium has already been selected as the location for the 2018 Superbowl, and the 2019 NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four. There are also efforts underway to host the College Football Playoff championship game.
Fun Facts About U.S. Bank Stadium
- More than 10,000 truckloads of cement (100,000 cubic yards of concrete) have been delivered to the work site. That’s enough to fill over 30 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- U.S. Bank Stadium will seat 65,000; expandable to 73,000 for a Super Bowl.
- There will be up to 125 suites and 7,500 club seats, including suites and clubs at the field level.
- It will have seven levels, including two general admission concourses with 360-degree circulation and various views into the bowl.
- It was built with the 3rd Largest Crane in the world, which required 70 truckloads of equipment to assemble.
- The stadium will have the highest quality HD video boards in the NFL.
- It has the lightest and most efficient roof structure in the nation for a major new stadium, and uses a single large steel super truss to provide the primary support for the main long span roof.
- Half of the roof will be made from clear ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), and will be the largest roof of it’s type in the world. It’s also the first of it’s type for any stadium in the nation.
- The largest glass pivoting doors in the world will open to the west plaza.
(info from Minnesota Vikings)