Vikings.com’s new writers Lindsey Young and Eric Smith had the opportunity to visit U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time on Thursday.
It was a great way for Young and Smith, who both joined Vikings.com’s staff last month, to share the excitement that is building as the boldly designed venue continues toward completion this summer.
Here are their initial reactions to the stadium that is scheduled for completion this July.
Having grown up a Vikings fan, I attended several Vikings games at the Metrodome, and I didn't really know much different. It was nostalgic, but outdated.
Although I didn't join the Vikings as full-time staff until mid-December 2015, I've watched the development of U.S. Bank Stadium since they first broke ground in 2014, and the transformation has been mesmerizing. Getting to finally see the inside, I realized just how incredible this project is. What really impressed me most was all of the minute details that have been considered along the way and now seeing it come to fruition.
The design of the building is beautiful in itself, but understanding all the logistics and functionality behind the architecture makes it that much more significant.
The fan experience at this stadium is going to be like none other. From the 10th-largest video boards in the NFL that are so aptly placed for ideal viewing, to the Legacy Ship located outside the stadium that will be a fan amenity, to the various ticket levels and suites, the stadium wowed me across the board.
I knew the stadium was going to be big, but it's hard to describe how big until you step inside. Even unfinished, it's easy to envision the passion that fans will show in 2016 and beyond.
It was, in a word, breathtaking.
As someone who is still getting used to Minnesota (and its cold weather), I jumped at the chance to take a tour of the new U.S. Bank Stadium on Thursday.
Even from the outside, it looks gorgeous. But it’s on the inside where you’re really in awe.
The biggest takeaway I had from the hour-long stadium tour was the abundance of natural light inside. It was a cloudy morning when our group walked in, but the amount of light made it feel like we had stepped back outside.
I never had the opportunity to see the old Metrodome, and I’m sure some fans were sad to see the place go. But it’s hard to imagine not being fired up about this state-of-the-art venue, which is twice the size of its predecessor and will bring you a fan experience unlike any other.
There are suites on the field just 25 feet from the sideline, where you can watch Adrian Peterson whizz by on a long touchdown run.
There are five pivoting glass doors that bring fans from just outside the stadium to a view that’s almost on top of the field.
And there’s a fantasy football lounge where you can kick back on couches and track other NFL games.
Whether it’s the field, the restrooms, the seats, the concessions stands, the surrounding tailgate areas to the stadium design, seemingly everything has been planned out with the fans in mind.
The Super Bowl is coming in two years. I can’t think of a better place to have it.
Be excited, Vikings fans. You deserve this.
Visit usbankstadium.com to learn more about the venue, book a tour of the U.S. Bank Stadium Preview Center or order a Vikings Legacy Brick.