MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Bank Stadium is one of two American sports facilities to be nominated for Stadium of the Year 2016 by StadiumDB.com.
The sparkling $1.1 billion venue opened in July 2016 is the only facility that can be completely enclosed and is one of two NFL venues on a list of 29 stadia in 21 countries around the globe.
The other NFL venue is Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, which originally opened as Joe Robbie Stadium in 1987 and underwent a significant renovation last season. This is the first time that two NFL stadia have been nominated in the “world’s largest open competition for the world’s best stadium opened or reopened in the previous year.”
StadiumDB.com noted “unique architecture” and “technological advances” at U.S. Bank Stadium, as well as its status as the host of Super Bowl LII in February 2018.
There are two ways a stadium can be selected: through a public vote and a jury vote.
The public voting platform allows one vote to be cast from every device globally through March 4. The public can rank their top five using a stars ranking that correspond with points that will be tallied.
The jury vote involves grading of each venue by five experienced stadium architects: Peters Bordas (BORD, Hungary), Przemek Kaczkowski (STOPROCENT Architekci, Poland), Mårten Leringe (C.F. Møller, Sweden), Robert Mankin (NBBJ, USA) and Andy Simons (KSS, England).
The winner of the jury vote will be announced March 6, and the public vote winner will be announced March 7.