Seat Installation Completed at U.S. Bank Stadium
Over 10 months of work on the bowl seating culminated last Friday when the final fixed seats were installed at U.S. Bank Stadium. More than 58,000 fixed seats help make up the 66,200 capacity at the Vikings new home.
The drilling of the seat rail system, which allowed for a faster installation than the traditional method, began on June 4, 2015. Typically, seats are drilled directly into the concrete, but the system utilized at U.S. Bank Stadium involves attaching multiple seats to a horizontal rail. The system will provide flexibility to remove seats or bring them closer together to install additional seating.
In its current state, seats range from 19 to 22 inches wide and there's between 33 to 35 inches between rows. The seating arrangement at U.S. Bank Stadium features the closest seats to the sidelines in the NFL.
"This seating design gives U.S. Bank Stadium an intimate feel despite its size and will enhance the home field advantage as our fans will nearly be on top of the playing field," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf.
View images from the last seats being installed recently at U.S. Bank Stadium.
There's no comparison between the Metrodome and U.S. Bank Stadium
Although U.S. Bank Stadium is located on the site of the old Metrodome, there's really no comparison between the two facilities writes Forbes' Kristi Dosh. The new building is bigger, better and bolder than its predecessor in every way possible.
After a tour in early March, Dosh noted that every increase in the stadium – size of the videoboards, number of elevators and escalators, and width of the concourses – will all help attain the ultimate goal, the best fan experience possible for fans.
Even though the stadium capacity is only increasing by just over 2,000, the footprint of the stadium is nearly double the size of the former dome that was once on the same piece of property. Wilf told Dosh that the fan amenities added to the state-of-the-art facility will make U.S. Bank Stadium a destination place for Minnesota residents to bring their families.
View aerial images updated from both the northeast corner and then the southwest corner, showcasing the progress at U.S. Bank Stadium. Updated from late June of 2016.
Wilf Family crosses off one goal with U.S. Bank Stadium
During a national media tour in early March, Wilf told reporters that when he and his family purchased the team in 2005, they had three goals: win a Super Bowl, provide the Vikings with the best fan experience and be a positive community advocate.
As The Jerusalem Post's Herb Keinon writes, the Wilf family can officially cross off item number two when U.S. Bank Stadium opens in late July.
Designed with Nordic history in mind, the downtown Minneapolis building begins a new phase in sports architecture. Unlike open-air stadiums or those with retractable roofs, U.S. Bank Stadium blends the best of both worlds with a translucent fixed roof and huge doors – providing fans with a climate-controlled environment while maintaining an outdoor feel.
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