New Vikings Stadium News and Notes - December 27

Posted Dec 27, 2013

Stadium Comparison Chart

With the final game at Mall of America Field this Sunday and excavation work for the new Vikings stadium underway, now is a great time to compare the two buildings.

24/7 Camera Goes Live

As we noted last week, the Vikings have engaged with EarthCam to select three cameras – one live-streaming camera and two high-definition megapixel time-lapse cameras – to document the progress on the stadium project. Each camera will offer a unique perspective of the site, enabling project teams to view activity remotely in real-time while documenting the entire process for time-lapse photography. As of today, one camera is in place so fans and the community can track progress until the scheduled completion in July, 2016. The other two will be up and running in the very near future.

”It was important for us as an organization to allow Vikings fans and the public to watch this new stadium come together piece by piece,” said Vikings Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer Steve LaCroix. “With EarthCam’s technology, Minnesotans and our fans throughout the country will be able to monitor the daily progress on the largest construction project in state history.”

What’s planned for the final game at Mall of America Field?

The Vikings have a full slate for the final weekend at Mall of America Field, beginning with the exclusive “Last Season, Last Call” Season Ticket Owner event from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Nearly 7,000 fans have signed up for one final chance to take commemorative photos on the field and near the Vikings ship, tour the team’s locker room, hear stories from Vikings greats and watch highlights from some of the most memorable games played inside the stadium. On Sunday, every fan who enters the stadium will receive a commemorative pennant celebrating the final season. Both The Playbook, placed on every seat throughout the building, as well as the GameDay magazine, will acknowledge the final game at Mall of America Field. During halftime, the team will unveil the remaining two “Top 10 Moments at Mall of America Field,” and following the game, a short post-game ceremony featuring a highlight video and remarks from several Vikings legends will officially close the building. Former Vikings Matt Birk and Robert Smith, along with Adrian Peterson and Hall of Fame Head Coach Bud Grant are expected to address the crowd.

Major League Soccer Update

As previously discussed, the new Vikings stadium has been designed to accommodate Major League Soccer (MLS) and includes a soccer pitch that will be 121 x72 yards, typical for MLS facilities. Securing an MLS franchise for Minneapolis-St. Paul was an important issue for the Vikings, which is why the team ensured that this opportunity was included in the stadium legislation. Major League Soccer has plans to expand to 24 teams by 2020, and conversations regarding securing a soccer team for this market have heated up between the Vikings and MLS representatives.

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