2015 Season Ticket Prices Stay Flat
The Vikings will not raise season ticket prices in 2015, keeping all nine pricing options flat from the previous season at TCF Bank Stadium. Becoming a Season Ticket Member now guarantees your seat selection priority for the new stadium before the process opens to the general public later this spring.
View images from the first year's worth of progress on the new Vikings stadium.
New Stadium Will Be First In NFL To Open With LED Lighting
The Vikings and Ephesus Lighting, Inc., the leader in providing LED lighting solutions for sports facilities, announced earlier this week their partnership to illuminate the new stadium's field with high-performance LED lights. The announcement, which comes after the Vikings earlier decision to fund a $1.3 million upgrade from traditional metal halide lights to LED, makes the Vikings stadium the first NFL facility to be constructed with LED lighting (Houston and Arizona, home of this weekend's Super Bowl, have upgraded since opening).
LED lighting increases illumination, as well as provides natural and more uniform light that improves the overall clarity of the playing surface and allows for a better experience for fans in the stadium and those watching on high-definition television.
"From day one this stadium has been designed with the fan experience in mind, so it was logical to select an LED lighting solution," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf.
Projected to consume 75% less energy as compared to a traditional metal halide system, the new LED system is also consistent with the stadium's mission to be as environmentally friendly and energy-efficient as possible.
Developers Seek To Catch New Wave of Stadium, Arena Construction
An interesting article was released this week discussing the current trend of mixed-use development capitalizing on the construction of new stadiums and arenas. Author Randyl Drummer highlighted the new Vikings stadium and the adjacent Ryan Companies development, which will encompass 1.2 million square feet of office space in two 17-story buildings, 28,000 square feet of street level retail and 400 residential units, as an example of the trend. Stadium officials and Ryan Companies representatives have long-said the skyway connection between the stadium and the Ryan development, which will further connect to the entire downtown skyway system, will help make this stadium the most connected facility in the NFL.
Updated Stadium Comparison Chart Released
As the Vikings have increased the team/private contribution by $52 million over the last year, the stadium design has also evolved, furthering the gap between all elements of the new stadium and the Metrodome. The latest comparison chart between the two facilities emphasizes just how improved the fan experience will be beginning in 2016.
Don't Forget – Local Artists Have Opportunity To Display Art In New Stadium
In case you missed it, earlier this month the Vikings announced a partnership to acquire local artwork for the new stadium. Sports and the Arts will work with the Vikings to find museum-quality work from local artists that will be displayed at the new stadium. The work will showcase Vikings history, Minnesota sports history and other regional history. Interested artists can submit a short bio, sample images of artistic pieces indicating the style of their work and any other relevant information via PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org from February 1, 2015, until March 31, 2015. Artists will be notified of their acceptance in the summer of 2015.
Sports and the Arts has collaborated on similar projects with Levi Stadium, the new San Francisco 49ers stadium, Marlins Park in Miami, Fla., and the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY.