U.S. Bank Stadium

About U.S. Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium, owned and operated by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, is a multi-purpose stadium and home to the Minnesota Vikings. The 66,200 seat stadium is located in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota. With 137,000 square feet on the stadium floor and six club spaces throughout the building, this state-of-the-art facility will host prominent national and international programming including the Minnesota Vikings, concerts, family shows, college and high school sporting events, conventions, trade/consumer shows, and corporate or private meetings and other community events. U.S. Bank Stadium opened on July 22, 2016 and has been chosen as the site of the Summer X Games (2017 and 2018), Super Bowl LII (2018) and the NCAA Men’s Final Four (2019).​ 

U.S. Bank Stadium Partners

Owner: Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority
Major Tenant: Minnesota Vikings
Architect: HKS
General Contractor: Mortenson Construction
Building Manager: SMG
Food and Beverage: M Hospitality
Security: Monterrey Security
Retail: MainGate Retail

U.S. Bank Stadium Events

The MSFA will maximize the use of the stadium by attracting events that create economical, fiscal and social benefits to the State and local communities, including NCAA competitions, a Super Bowl, college bowl games, concerts, civic, community and not-for-profit events. In May 2014 the first major event for the new stadium was secured when the National Football League awarded Super Bowl LII to Minnesota during the NFL’s Spring League Meetings. The announcement, which came after several rounds of voting by all 32 NFL owners, was the culmination of months of collaboration by business and community leaders and public officials. 

Also in 2014, the stadium was awarded the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four. While the goal will be to attract major events, the MSFA will also continue to host activities consistent with historic operations of the Metrodome, including high school and amateur sports and other community events.

In July 2016, ESPN announced the 2017 and 2018 Summer X Games would be hosted by U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN, moving from its previous home of Austin, TX. 

Where can I find upcoming major events at U.S. Bank Stadium?

Events that are announced and confirmed will be listed on the Events Calendar. You can see upcoming events by clicking here

How can I stay notified of upcoming stadium events?

Join the U.S. Bank Stadium Insider Club for the latest information about upcoming major events and access to event information and stadium offers including presales. For more information click here.  

How can I buy tickets to an event at U.S. Bank Stadium?

Tickets for U.S. Bank Stadium events and Minnesota Vikings games are available at the U.S. Bank Stadium Ticket Office. The U.S. Bank Stadium Ticket Office is located on the Northwest corner of the stadium between the Legacy and Polaris Gates. Tickets can also be purchased online at ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

PLEASE NOTE: For the first day an event goes on sale, tickets will be limited to ONLINE ONLY purchasing. The U.S. Bank Stadium Ticket Office will be open for in-person service after the first day of sales for events and during regular ticket office hours, based on ticket availability.

More information regarding hours of operation, policies and procedures can be found here

Where can I find information on the Minnesota Vikings?

U.S. Bank Stadium is the new home of the Minnesota Vikings. Please visit www.vikings.com for more information regarding the Vikings and their events. 

What is going on at U.S. Bank Stadium when there isn’t a Vikings game, concert or family show?

On non-game or non-major event days the multi-purpose venue is equipped to host corporate meetings and events, trade shows, consumer shows, conventions, holiday parties, etc. Including indoor and outdoor spaces the stadium offers many dynamic areas for groups of 7 to 70,000. U.S. Bank Stadium is available for rental to the general public, corporations and groups of any kind.

How can I host a private or corporate event at the stadium?

Visit the ‘Host an Event’ tab on the U.S. Bank Stadium website or click here to look at the event spaces available for rental. For further inquiry on available space or to start planning an event, contact the SMG Sales team by email or call 612-777-8700 and ask to be connected to a sales representative.

How can I go on a stadium tour?

Tours of U.S. Bank Stadium are available to the public for purchase through www.ticketmaster.com and more information can be found here. Tour dates are typically released 3-6 months in advance.

Please note: Tours are currently SOLD OUT. 

How can I set up a group tour?

Group tours of U.S. Bank Stadium can be arranged for groups larger than 20 people. Please visit the Group Tours page here for more information.

Please note: Group tours are currently SOLD OUT. 

Guest Experience

Where I can I find U.S. Bank Stadium policies and procedures for events?

The U.S. Bank Stadium A-Z Guide is a full list of stadium policies, procedures and overall guest-related information. Please click here for more information. 

What safety protocols do I need to follow at U.S. Bank Stadium?

The safety of our guests is our number one priority. Guests are encouraged to learn more about our guest code of conduct, NFL Clear Bag Policy, bag search, metal detection, and prohibited items list by clicking here

How do I find more information on parking and transportation for events?

U.S. Bank Stadium is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. Attending a U.S. Bank Stadium event is a very urban experience. We recommend planning ahead, arriving early and considering many modes of transportation when going to and from U.S. Bank Stadium.

For a more information on parking, directions, public transit and tailgating, please click here

How do I contact the Lost and Found?

Please visit our Lost and Found page here to report a claim and for more information on lost and found policies. 

What are the food and beverage options at the stadium?

M Hospitality is the exclusive provider for concessions for major events and catering for club events in U.S. Bank Stadium. M Hospitality works closely with local vendors to bring the taste of Minnesota to the stadium.

More information on the food and beverage experience at U.S. Bank Stadium can be found here

Is there accessible seating for guests with disabilities?

U.S. Bank Stadium complies with all federal ADA requirements and will be designed to allow patrons with disabilities to enjoy the comforts and amenities of the building. For more information on accessible services, click here

Is there tailgating available at the stadium?

Tailgating is part of the U.S. Bank Stadium guest experience for Vikings home games only in authorized tailgating in designated parking lots and ramps. Tailgating at all other U.S. Bank Stadium events will be authorized only by the parking lot operator.

For more information on tailgating for Minnesota Vikings games, please click here

Cost/Financing/Operations

How much did U.S. Bank Stadium Cost?

After an original budget of $975 million, the total project cost is now approximately $1.129 billion. The additional $130 million in costs are being privately covered by the Vikings in order to ensure that design elements related to the fan experience are kept in the final project. The team/private contribution now includes just over $608 million (54% of stadium capital costs) while the public contribution toward the project remains at $498 million.

How is U.S. Bank Stadium being financed?

U.S. Bank Stadium’s budget is currently $1.129 billion. The Vikings original contribution was $477 million. Over the span of the project, the team has added over $130 million to the stadium budget. The team’s total contribution is $608 million, or 54% of the stadium cost, and will be paid by private funds made up of a combination of Vikings private financing and equity and the MSFA’s sale of Stadium Builder’s Licenses (SBLs). The Vikings private financing and equity includes certain NFL financing in the form of a loan repaid by stadium revenues. The Stadium Builder’s Licenses program was authorized by the Minnesota legislature in the 2012 stadium legislation.

The $498 million public contribution is split between the City of Minneapolis ($150 million) and the State of Minnesota ($348 million). The State has issued appropriation bonds in an approximate amount of $462 million and will finance the remainder of the $498 million public contribution with available State funds. The stadium legislation provides that the City’s $150 million contribution will be advanced to the MSFA through the issuance of the appropriation bonds and will be repaid by the City to the State by redirecting a portion of the current “Convention Center Taxes.” The remaining amount of the appropriation bonds will be repaid to the bondholders from other sources available to the state, including the modernization of state-authorized charitable gaming that includes electronic pull-tabs and bingo and a one-time inventory tax on cigarettes, which raised approximately $36 million.

Food service provider Aramark and stadium operator SMG have contributed the remaining $12 million in costs.​

Who owns U.S. Bank Stadium?

U.S. Bank Stadium is owned by the state of Minnesota, represented by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) was established by the legislature in 2012 and charged with the design, construction and operation of U.S. Bank Stadium. The MSFA consists of five members and is chaired by Michele Kelm-Helgen. The other members are John D. Griffith, Tony Sertich, Bill McCarthy and Barbara Butts Williams. Ted Mondale serves at the CEO/Executive Director.

Who operates U.S. Bank Stadium?

The MSFA chose SMG as the new stadium operator. SMG has extensive experience in operating major sports venues, managing over 200 facilities worldwide, including five NFL stadiums (Soldier Field in Chicago, Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, NRG Stadium in Houston, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ and Everbank Field in Jacksonville). SMG facilities have hosted nine Super Bowls over the years. The company’s experience in that regard will be a fantastic asset as U.S. Bank Stadium prepares to host Super Bowl LII in 2018 and other major events. SMG has also committed to work with the Minnesota State High School League, colleges, and community groups to secure events that were previously held in the Metrodome. In January 2015, SMG hired Patrick Talty, a former WWE executive and previous stadium management executive, to serve as U.S. Bank Stadium’s general manager.

The 10-year contract with SMG includes an annual $6.75 million revenue guarantee to the publicly-owned stadium, which will allow the MSFA to build and maintain its capital and operating reserves to ensure that this stadium remains a world-class facility.

Who Pays To Operate The Stadium?

The stadium requires approximately $17.5 million annually for operating expenses/capital improvement funding, excluding approximately $3.0-$4.5 of Vikings game-day operating expenses, which gives an approximate total annual amount of $20.5-$22.0 million. Of this, the Vikings have committed to contribute $8.5 million for operating expenses (rent), $1.5 million for capital improvements, and approximately $3.0-$4.5 million for game day expenses, a total of $13.0-$14.5 million, or 63%. The City of Minneapolis will annually contribute $7.5 million and SMG will also guarantee $6.75 million in annual revenue to the MSFA to build and maintain its capital and operating reserves.

Construction/Design

What was the construction timeline of building U.S. Bank Stadium?

  • December 2013 – Groundbreaking of the new stadium
  • January 2014 – Demolition of Metrodome/Concrete frame assembly begins
  • August 2014 – Steel installation begins
  • March 2015 – Glass installation begins
  • April 2015 – Exterior metal panel installation begins
  • June 2015 – ETFE roof installation begins
  • July 2015 – Last section of roof ridge truss is erected
  • November 2015 – ETFE roof installation ends; full, water tight (or snow) horizontal enclosure complete
  • November 2015 – Stadium fully enclosed with temporary walls and heating
  • December 2015 – Scoreboard and ribbon board installation begins
  • February 2016 – Vertical enclosure – metal panels, glass curtain walls and operable doors – complete
  • March 2016 – Retractable seating installation complete
  • April 2016 – Vikings locker room finished
  • May 2016 – Field turf installation
  • June 2016 – Final exterior landscaping completed
  • July 2016 – U.S. Bank Stadium officially opened

Does the stadium have a retractable roof, fixed roof or is it open-air?

U.S. Bank Stadium has a fixed roof; however, 60% of the roof structure is made of transparent ETFE structure, allowing stadium users to view the sun and sky throughout the year while staying in a climate-controlled environment. Guests may want to bring sunglasses for daytime events.​ 

What are some of the design elements?

U.S. Bank Stadium provides several unique features compared to all other NFL stadiums, including the largest transparent ethylene-tetraflouroethylene (ETFE) roof in the nation and five 95-feet high pivoting glass doors that will open to a nearly three-acre plaza and the Minneapolis downtown skyline. While the stadium’s roof is fixed, the transparent ETFE and the nearly 200,000 square feet of glass throughout the building gives fans an outdoor feel in a climate-controlled environment. The LED lighting – the first of its kind in a new NFL stadium – can adjust color temperatures and turn off and on quickly to allow for unique pre-game and halftime entertainment and an enhanced viewing experience.

Vikings fans are as close to the action as any NFL stadium, with seats just 41 feet from the sideline. Seven levels in the stadium, including two general admission concourses with 360-degree circulation and various views into the bowl, will be connected via escalators, elevators, stairs and a continuous ramp. Two of the largest and highest-quality HD video boards in the NFL will be located in both the east and west end zones, and approximately 2,000 HD flat screen televisions are placed throughout U.S. Bank Stadium. Approximately 1,300 Wi-Fi access points allow stadium-wide internet access, and combined with the network infrastructure, will support the Vikings yet-to-be-unveiled stadium app. Guests can enjoy wider concourses, more restrooms, increased and enhanced concessions, accessibility for fans with disabilities and ample space for pre-game events and activities. The stadium will also include Vikings history and memorabilia, a team store and a museum-quality art collection. 

What is ETFE?

ETFE is a co-polymer resin that is extruded into a thin film. The plastic-like material is transparent but can be treated to be translucent, is extremely light-weight, very durable and resistant to corrosion. In an architectural application ETFE is typically used in a multi-layer pneumatic system.

ETFE does not degrade with exposure to UV light, atmospheric pollution or extreme temperatures. The material has withstood extensive testing within extreme environments, and is expected to have a 30-50 year life expectancy while requiring minimal maintenance.

Despite its weight (1/100 the weight of glass) ETFE handles snow/wind loads very well. In sheet form, it can stretch three times its length without losing elasticity.

How is the lighting inside U.S. Bank Stadium?

In addition to the expansive glass and the transparent ETFE roof, all of which allows natural light into the stadium, the Vikings have funded an upgrade to illuminate the field with high performance LED stadium lights from Ephesus Lighting, Inc., making the U.S. Bank Stadium the first to utilize LED lighting from the onset. The LED lighting will provide a significant increase in illumination compared to traditional metal halide lights that have been common at stadiums for more than 30 years. LED lighting also provides natural and more uniform light, which improves the overall clarity of the playing surface, to create a better stage for players and fans, both in the stadium and those watching on high-definition television. The lights can be turned off and on quickly, allowing for unique entertainment opportunities during sporting event breaks. Lastly, the new LED system is also consistent with the stadium’s mission to be as environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient as possible. It is projected to consume 75% less energy as compared to a traditional metal halide system.​

Will the stadium be LEED Certified?

Yes, the Stadium Authority and the Vikings have worked with the architect and construction manager to make the stadium as environmentally and energy efficient as possible. The project design and construction group is committed to building a stadium that will receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

U.S. Bank Stadium Seats/Suites/Clubs/Stadium Builder's Licenses

How Many Suites Are In U.S. Bank Stadium?

The stadium has 131 suites of seven unique types, including 23 Turf Suites located directly on the field. Included tickets range from 10-32 depending on the type of suite selected. Benefits of being a suite holder include club access, field passes, VIP parking passes, access to other events, away game trips and more. Food and beverage costs are also included in the overall price. To sign up for more information on suites, click here.

How Many Clubs Are In The Stadium?

U.S. Bank Stadium includes six club areas. Benefits of club spaces include private entry, restrooms and VIP parking access, “a la carte” food and beverage options and priority access to purchase seats for select other events. For more information on clubs, click here.

What Is A Stadium Builders License?

WHAT IS A STADIUM BUILDERS LICENSE?

A Stadium Builder’s License (SBL) is a one-time contribution that grants Season Ticket Members the right to control their seats for a defined term as long as they continue to purchase the corresponding Vikings season tickets on an annual basis. SBLs are used to help finance construction of new stadiums; programs have been used as a finance tool for more than half of all stadium projects in the NFL.

Why Are SBLs Used?

SBLs are used to help finance construction of new stadiums; programs have been used as a finance tool for more than half of all stadium projects in the NFL. The economics of new stadium construction require a partnership between the state and local governments, the team and the fans. This new stadium cannot be accomplished without the support of fans, and in previous SBL programs around the country, fans have had positive experience with SBLs.

Where Does The Money From SBLs Go?

All net proceeds from SBL programs are directed toward construction costs of U.S. Bank Stadium and stadium infrastructure.

What Are The Benefits To Fans Of Purchasing An SBL?

  • Grants the right to a Season Ticket Member to control his/her seats for a defined term as long as he/she continues to purchase Vikings season tickets
  • Ability to hold, transfer or sell the SBL as the holder sees fit after first year of the stadium’s opening
  • First right to purchase tickets to Vikings home playoff games
  • Opportunity to purchase individual game tickets before the general public

How Many NFL Stadiums Have Used SBLs?

Currently, 17 stadiums that serve as the homes for 18 NFL teams have used SBL programs as a project finance tool, making the Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons the 18th and 19th teams use SBLs as part of a stadium financing package. Most recently, new stadiums for the Cowboys, 49ers, Jets and Giants were significantly funded by SBL programs. These stadiums have SBL prices that are more than three-four times higher than the program being utilized in this market. For a market comparison, click here.

Are Fans Able To Sell These SBLs?

The SBL will belong to the fan that purchases it to hold, transfer, or sell how he/she sees fit after the first year of the stadium’s opening.

If I Don't Continue Buying Season Tickets, Will The SBL Revert Back To The MSFA?

The SBL will belong to the fan that purchases it – to hold, transfer or sell it however he/she sees fit after the first year of the stadium’s opening. If the SBL owner defaults for some reason, the license will revert back to the MSFA.

How Does This Program Compare To Other Markets?

This program is priced three-four times lower than the most recent programs and is very much in line with programs developed in markets similar to Minneapolis-St. Paul. In 2003 the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers developed programs that in today’s dollars would be in line with the parameters of the program agreed to by the Vikings and MSFA.

The most recent SBL programs (adjusted for inflation for 2016) include:

  • Dallas Cowboys (2009) – $651 million
  • San Francisco 49ers (2014) – $500 million
  • New York Giants (2010) – $439 million
  • New York Jets (2010) – $375 million
  • Minnesota Vikings (2016) – $125 million

*Stadium opening in parentheses

In markets similar to Minneapolis-St. Paul, the following programs (adjusted for inflation for 2016) were utilized:

  • Louis Rams (1995) – $129 million
  • Green Bay Packers (2003) – $127 million
  • Chicago Bears (2003) – $97 million

*Stadium opening in parentheses

For a complete comparison chart of SBL programs, click here.

How Was The $125 Millions SBL Program Amount Determined?

Extensive research was conducted with existing Vikings Season Ticket Members, previous single-game ticket buyers, premium seat holders, existing and potential team sponsors and the general public, which showed that an SBL program is very viable in Minnesota. In fact, the research showed this market could sustain a program of $200 million or higher. However, the MSFA, in consultation with the Vikings, developed parameters for a maximum gross program of $125 million, which is a reasonable program that fits with the Minnesota fan base.