The Vikings future home, U.S. Bank Stadium, is 90 percent complete and just over five months from its grand opening on the east side of downtown Minneapolis.
U.S. Bank Stadium will seat 66,655 fans and is slated to host Super Bowl LII in 2018 and the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2019.
On Tuesday morning, members of the Twin Cities media toured U.S. Bank Stadium and documented their impressions.
Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press wrote:
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority unveiled to the media a venue that is 90 percent finished and wholly identifiable as the Vikings’ home stadium, right down to the purple seats and yellow section numbers.
Construction crews continue working on the site, but numerous facets of the venue are coming together, as Murphy observed. He mentioned a few highlights in his column.
Natural light streams in from the largest clear [ethylene] tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof in the country, more than 300 feet above the recessed floor. Concourses wide enough for two lanes of vehicle traffic will provide an open view of the playing field.
There are six exclusive clubs where well-to-do fans can lounge, plug in or mingle. Club Purple features an outdoor deck overlooking downtown and hubs for fans to monitor fantasy football statistics and watch out-of-market games on one of the 2,000 televisions throughout the stadium.
CBS Minnesota’s Reg Chapman commented on the stadium’s ability to be large and industrial while simultaneously retaining the warm, homey feeling for fans.
There is not a bad seat in the house. From suites to field seating, they thought of everything to make sure going to a game here is the ultimate fan experience.
Impressive from the outside, U.S. Bank Stadium stands tall and wide against the Minneapolis skyline.
But once inside, you see the Vikings’ new home is quite cozy.
Lester Bagley, the Vikings executive vice president of public affairs and stadium development, accompanied media on the tour as well.
“It feels like an arena almost. Very tight, very intimate,” said Bagley. “And we think it’s going to deliver the best fan experience in the league.”
The Star Tribune’s Michael Rand offered a glimpse of the field view:
Inside us bank stadium. 90 percent complete pic.twitter.com/d5IOTd1gmI— RandBall (@RandBall) February 16, 2016
KFAN’s A.J. Mansour showed us all a view from where the press box will be:
ESPN’s Ben Goessling shared a shot of Hyundai Club as well as a field view from Club Purple:
View of the Hyundai Club, on the north sideline: pic.twitter.com/QjIEA86Teq— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) February 16, 2016
Looking east from Club Purple. There will eventually be couches in the seats over here. pic.twitter.com/ueGrbp3POQ— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) February 16, 2016
The Star Tribune tweeted a close-up view of the new seats, fully installed and complete with the Vikings logo:
Viking Update shared photos of the new video board in U.S. Bank Stadium as well as an inside look at the unique roof:
Dana Wessel of Go96.3mn.com shared observations and a quick video, concluding that the venue is “really cool.”