U.S Bank Stadium is owned and operated by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, a local governmental unit of the State of Minnesota. While the major tenant in the stadium is the Minnesota Vikings, the building was designed to provide a wide array of events for the community and state. It will host high school and college sporting events, including baseball and soccer. The new stadium can also accommodate large trade shows and concerts as well as smaller intimate events in the stadium’s six state-of-the-art club spaces and locations throughout the building.
In May of 2012, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation authorizing the construction of a new stadium in Minneapolis, and the new stadium design was unveiled in May, 2013 by the stadium’s architect, HKS. The decommissioning of the Metrodome began on December 30, 2013, following the final Minnesota Vikings game of the season, and the power was turned off in the building on January 18, 2014.
The building is managed by SMG General Manager Patrick Talty and the concessionaire is ARAMARK.
Construction of the new fixed-roof stadium is 60% complete and remains on schedule to open in July 2016. All of the structural concrete has been poured, while the steel roof ridge truss that will spans the entire stadium from east to west has been connected. Installation of exterior metal panels and more than 180,000 square feet of glass is underway, and the stadium will be fully enclosed in November 2015. Nearly 1,000 construction workers are on site daily, a number that will swell to more than 1,100 in the coming months, and have worked more than 1,500,000 hours to date. Additionally, 237 Minnesota businesses have already contributed to the project.
Watch the construction process live through various 24/7 cameras here.
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 begins
June 2016 – Final exterior landscaping completed
July 2016 – U.S. Bank Stadium opens
On May 20, 2014, U.S. Bank Stadium was chosen to host the 52nd Super Bowl in February of 2018.
On November 14, 2014 the NCAA announced that Minnesota would host the 2019 Men’s Final Four.
From day one a top priority for both the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and the Vikings has been not only to build the best multi-purpose stadium in the country but also to have a positive impact for Minnesota companies and workers. HKS, the Vikings and the MSFA brought on more than 20 Minnesota companies or individuals as design subcontractors in areas like interior and exterior design, landscaping, structural engineering and more. Also, to date, 237 Minnesota businesses have worked on the project and more than 80% of the contract dollars have gone back to Minnesota companies. The stadium’s construction manager, Mortenson Construction, is based in Golden Valley, MN, and the nearly 4.3 million work hours will go primarily to Minnesota construction workers. Whenever possible, local materials will be used throughout this project. For example, the glass and glazed curtain walls on the stadium’s exterior is being fabricated by Viracon, a Minnesota-based company, and installed by Interclad, another Minnesota company. The granite bricks used in the Legacy Brick Paver program are from Babitt, Minnesota. The project group will continue to ensure that Minnesota companies have the opportunity to bid on this project.
Yes, Mortenson Construction has announced the following recycling facts related to the ongoing demolition process: – More than 80% of the Metrodome’s steel and concrete will be recycled.
– 80,000 tons of concrete will be recycled for use in other building projects.
– 4,500 tons of structural steel have been reclaimed and are being prepped for recycling off-site.
– 25 tons of precious metals have been recycled.
– 300 tons of roof cables have been recycled.
– 120 tons (240,000 pounds) of cast iron and 75 tons (150,000) pounds of plastic have been recycled from the Metrodome seats that were not sold.
Yes, the Vikings have engaged EarthCam to provide four stadium cameras – one live-streaming camera and three high-definition megapixel time-lapse cameras – to document the progress on the stadium project. Each camera offers a unique perspective of the site from various directions, enabling project teams to view activity remotely in real-time while documenting the entire process for time-lapse photography.
The new stadium will have a fixed roof; however, 60% of the roof structure will be transparent, allowing stadium users to view the sun and sky throughout the year while staying in a climate-controlled environment.
U.S. Bank Stadium will provide 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 will be fixed, the transparent ETFE and the nearly 200,000 square feet of glass throughout the building will give 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 will also be 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 will be distributed throughout U.S. Bank Stadium. Approximately 1,300 Wi-Fi access points will allow stadium-wide internet access, and combined with the network infrastructure, will support the Vikings yet-to-be-unveiled stadium app. Guests will 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. Click here for a list of stadium design elements.
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.
ETFE systems are extremely low maintenance. The surface of the foil is non-stick and non-porous, which allows the natural action of rain to clean the surface. Deposits of dirt, dust and debris remain unattached and are washed away in the rain, meaning ETFE effectively self-cleans with virtually no need to clean externally.
Several characteristics of this roof are designed for Minnesota’s climate. First, the slope of the stadium – rising from approximately 205 feet from grade in the east to 272 feet high in the west – will give the building a unique ability to shed snow. Secondly, the translucent ETFE material will allow more sunlight and radiant heat through the roof, which combined with the natural rise of heat from inside the stadium will help melt the snow and ice. Diverters will redirect it into gutters and collection basins located on the edges of the roof, keeping snow and ice from falling to the ground below.
While the final determination on the ETFE’s effect on crowd noise is still being studied, stadium architects say ETFE is a more “acoustically reflective material” than the Metrodome’s fabric roof and “should make the stadium louder.” Furthermore, the new stadium is entirely enclosed, including one half of the roof being a metal deck, and with the closest fans just 41 feet from the sideline, Vikings fans will be as close to the action as any NFL stadium. The difference is that the first row of seats will be elevated an average of seven feet off field level, or roughly twice the typical height of NFL stadiums, giving the fans in the first several rows optimal sightlines and allowing them to be more engaged. The reality is that fans truly make the difference in terms of noise, which is why stadiums like the Metrodome, Green Bay’s Lambeau Field and Seattle’s CenturyLink Field are some of the toughest for visiting teams to have success. Read ESPN.com’s piece on new stadiums and home field advantage here.
In addition to the expansive glass and the transparent ETFE roof, all of which will allow 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.
The Vikings understand how important tailgating is for many fans, and the team is committed to ensuring that the tradition continues when the new stadium opens in 2016. Representatives from the Vikings are currently working with the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding neighborhoods in an effort to expand the City’s existing tailgating zone per the agreement between the State of Minnesota, the City and the Vikings that shaped the final 2012 stadium legislation.
Yes, the current design calls for 690 wheelchair and companion seats to be located throughout all seating levels of the stadium (in comparison, the Metrodome had 190 wheelchair and companion seats). The 690 figure does not include the approximately 140 additional wheelchair spaces within the suites, loge spaces and club spaces. The new stadium will comply with all federal ADA requirements and will be designed to allow patrons with disabilities to enjoy the comforts and amenities of the building.
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. More details related to this will be available as the construction moves forward.
After an original budget of $975 million, the total project cost is now approximately $1.027 billion. The additional $52 million 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 $529 million (nearly 52% of stadium capital costs) while the public contribution toward the project remains at $498 million. The team has also absorbed a total of $23.2 million in costs of playing at the University of Minnesota for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. A breakdown of the team/private contributions is below:
Of the project’s now $1.087 billion upfront capital costs, $577 million, or 53% of the stadium cost, 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 (for more on SBLs, click here).
The $498 million public contribution will be 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.
The MSFA chose SMG as the new stadium operator. SMG has extensive experience in operating major sports venues, managing over 200 facilities worldwide, including four NFL stadiums (Soldier Field in Chicago, Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, NRG Stadium in Houston 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, to serve as the 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.
The stadium will require 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.
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. Click here to watch Minnesota’s Super Bowl Bid Committee celebrate the victory.
Also in 2014, the stadium was awarded the 2019 NCAA Men’sFinal 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.
Recently, U.S. Bank Stadium has announced events for August 2016 including Luke Bryan’s “Kill the Lights Tour,” Metallica with special guests Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat, and the International Champions Cup (Chelsea vs. A.C. Milan). Full for event details including event dates and ticket information click here.
The new stadium does include a customized soccer-specific design plan that will create an authentic, intimate atmosphere to accommodate Major League Soccer (MLS), including a soccer pitch that will meet the 115 x 74 yard MLS and FIFA requirements. The turf surface is currently used in four permanent MLS stadia: Portland, Vancouver, Seattle and New England. The turf at all of these facilities has passed extensive FIFA testing and earned the FIFA RECOMMENDED 2-STAR status. Similar to the experience in many of the European soccer stadiums, the seats will be extremely close to the field.
U.S. Bank Stadium Seats/Suites/Clubs/Stadium Builder’s Licenses
Since the process began on March 5, 2014, Vikings fans have committed to 42,000 seats in the new stadium through the first 20 months of sales. That accounts for more than 85% of the total 49,000 seats with an SBL. Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment (VWSE), the company contracted to market and sell the SBLs, have now contacted all Vikings Season Ticket Members, whose exclusivity expired in January 2015, as well as the fans who signed up for the waitlist. Currently all Vikings fans are eligible to select seats. Great seats, including lower level options, remain.
The Vikings and VWSE developed a fair system based on Season Ticket Members’ current status and 2013 location at Mall of America Field that ensured Season Ticket Members had priority for selecting seats at U.S. Bank Stadium. Now that all Season Ticket Members have been contacted, all Vikings fans are eligible to select seats.
If you are a 2013-2015 Season Ticket Member who has not yet selected seats, please call 952-918-8599 to speak with a new stadium representative today or click here for more information.
Yes, all fans can see, touch, and feel U.S. Bank Stadium at the New Stadium Preview Center, which opened in March 2014 and has already hosted more than 9,000 tours. All fans have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with a personal sales consultant at the Preview Center to discuss benefits and seating options at the new stadium. If you haven’t already scheduled your appointment, do so here.
The new stadium will include 131 suites of seven unique types, including 23 Turf Suites located directly on the field. To date, more than 100 suites have already been committed, and only three types – Loft, Turf, and Norseman Lounge Mini – have availability. 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.
The new stadium will include 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.
In early 2015, the Vikings unveiled Club Purple, an all-inclusive space that features lounge-style seating and loge boxes accommodating 8-12 seats. Club Purple will serve as the stadium’s fantasy sports headquarters highlighted by innovative sports content distribution to mobile devices and 4k television displays, as well as video gaming and media broadcast integration. For more information on clubs, click here.
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.
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.
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 to 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.
Yes, the SBL program includes two financing options for Season Ticket Members to make easier, interest-free payments:
An equal installment payment plan, with a down-payment due at signing and interest-free payments prior to the anticipated opening date of the stadium.
A finance plan over multiple years, with a down-payment due at signing, interest-free payments prior to the stadium’s anticipated opening date, and payments with interest available for five years after the stadium’s opening.
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.
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.
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.
The information contained herein is intended as a general guide to seat selection at U.S. Bank Stadium. The seat views, renderings and images experienced in this venue may not be exactly as seen here due to limited seat availability, changes in development plans, camera locations and/or other obstructions or construction dynamics, etc. There is no guaranty that the seat views, renderings and images experienced in this venue will be as depicted herein. Please check with your ticket representative for specific seat location.
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