MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings Legacy Ship near the southwest corner of U.S. Bank Stadium "arrived" this morning, transporting 55-plus years of loyal and relentless Vikings fans' memories.
Crews completed the installation of the signature element of cityscape Wednesday night, just days after the venue hosted its first football game.
The deck of the Legacy Ship and part of the surrounding Medtronic Plaza space is made of 14,400 Legacy Bricks that fans purchased to create a memento or honor their families' connections to the team.
The signature sculptural landmark is 160-foot long modern take on a Vikings longship. The prow of the ship features a dragon's head that peers toward the Minneapolis skyline, 43 feet above street level. The sail is a custom-built, curved, HD video board that is 2,000 square feet.
Many of the fans have been with the Vikings since their inaugural season of 1961; younger fans also opted to pay tribute to previous generations that helped establish their connection with the team.
View the Legacy Ship bricks, which were unveiled today, at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Every brick is accompanied by a great fan story, and the team would like to learn more about it. Fans that post photos of their installed bricks with #VikingsBrick will receive 10 points in the Vikings Rewards program. Vikings Rewards, which launched this year, offers fans the chance to exchange points for exclusive Vikings experiences and prizes.
Fans are encouraged to arrive at U.S. Bank Stadium early before tonight's 7 p.m. game against the Rams to locate their brick on the plaza. The stadium will open at 4:30 p.m. for the first night game in the facility's history.
The Legacy Ship includes several historical markers that highlight some of the milestone moments in franchise history. It is free to all fans and open during event and non-event hours.
If you have questions about your Legacy Brick, please email *firstname.lastname@example.org or call 844-662-7425, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., and a customer service representative would be happy to assist you.*
Here's a unique 360-degree look at the Legacy Ship:
Open the Gates #1
Bow of the ship with water:
On the bow: