In May 2012, the Minnesota Legislature and the Minneapolis City Council approved funding for the new $975 million multi-purpose stadium to replace the Metrodome. In May of 2013, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the Minnesota Vikings, and HKS Sports and Entertainment unveiled the stunning new design of the stadium. In August of 2014, the Vikings and MSFA selected SMG as the new stadium operator.
The project was completed in just over two and a half years, six weeks ahead of schedule. Construction of the stadium estimated 3.8 million work hours and created over 8,000 construction jobs, with as many as roughly 1,500 workers on-site at one time.
U.S. Bank Stadium opened on July 22, 2016, with a two-day, public open house welcoming over 190,000 Minnesotans through its doors. The first event followed two weeks later on August 3, 2016 with the 2016 International Champions Cup pitting A.C. Milan against Chelsea. The first concert in the stadium featured Luke Bryan and was performed in front of a sold-out crowd on August 19, 2016, directly followed by a sold-out Metallica show on Saturday, August 20.
The Vikings earned their first win in their new home against then-San Diego Chargers in the first pre-season game in the stadium on August 28, 2016, winning 23-10. The Purple and Gold continued the streak, taking away their first regular season win in the stadium against the Green Bay Packers on September 18, 2016, winning 17-14.
On February 4, 2018, U.S. Bank Stadium hosted its first Super Bowl, the second for the city of Minneapolis. Super Bowl LII brought 67,612 fans and 5,800 credentialed media to the stadium and reached 103 million television viewers worldwide. U.S. Bank Stadium also became the home of the first “Zero Waste” Super Bowl, with 91% of trash recycled. NFL Senior Vice President Peter O-Reilly classified Super Bowl LII as the “most ambitious and complicated Super Bowl planning process to date” and noted the SMG team “made us better and helped take Super Bowl to a new level.”
Looking forward, U.S. Bank Stadium will continue to be the home to major events, including the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four, the 2020 NCAA DI Wrestling Championship, and the Summer X Games through 2020.