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U.S. Bank Stadium News & Notes - August 21, 2015

Section 224 Takes Shape as U.S. Bank Stadium Seat Installation Begins

Earlier this week, the first seats at U.S. Bank Stadium were installed in section 224 along the east end zone looking towards the glass wall and the Minneapolis skyline on the stadium's west side. Seats throughout the general seating area will be 19' wide and will include a 33-inch tread between rows, giving fans more leg room and a better viewing experience. Each row will also contain a smaller number of seats than the rows in Mall of America Field, meaning fans will have an easier time accessing their seats.

To celebrate the milestone, a select group of fans with seats in the section were randomly chosen to come out to the construction site and get a feel for their future view. With over 40,000 of the stadium's seats already claimed for the 2016 season, don't wait until it's too late to join the fun at U.S. Bank Stadium.

U.S. Bank Stadium Construction Progress Nearing 70% Completion; $550 Million Work Finished

At today's MSFA board meeting, Mortenson Construction provided its monthly construction update, announcing that the end of August will mark 70% stadium completion with $550 million dollars put into the site so far. In the month of July, Mortenson submitted its largest bill to date with $44.4 million worth of work done – close to $1.8 million a day.

Earlier this month, the last queen's post truss was installed and work continues on what Mortenson calls "one of the most complex steel structures in the country." On September 17, the steel structure will complete and will be "topped out."

Roof Installation at U.S. Bank Stadium Ahead of Schedule with 10 Weeks Remaining

Work continues at U.S. Bank Stadium for full enclosure of the structure in time for Minnesota's winter. Currently, the roof is ahead of schedule with just 10 weeks remaining. The roof located on the stadium's north side is 40% complete and work continues on the country's largest ETFE roof on the stadium's south side. The clear roof and the 200,000 square feet of glass will provide an unprecedented outdoor feel in a climate-controlled environment.

Chef Andrew Zimmern Tours New Stadium Site, Promises "Big Stuff for 2016"

Earlier this week, Chef Andrew Zimmern took a tour of the U.S. Bank Stadium construction site, saying the building is a "huge win for Minnesota, the Vikings and all their partners." Zimmern, who is working with the stadium food service provider, Aramark, to develop concepts for food in the stadium, said to expect "big stuff for 2016."

St. Paul Company Fabricates Steel for Concessions at U.S. Bank Stadium

Speaking of stadium food, Albers Commercial Kitchen Services Group, a St. Paul-based company, is working on the fabricated steel structure for concession areas at U.S. Bank Stadium. Earlier this week, The FF Journal featured the company that has devoted over 26,000 man hours towards the completion of the kitchen equipment for the downtown stadium. The work for this project is being aided by the use of a new fiber laser and press break line, the first time the company has used such technology on a project. Albers is one of more than 230 Minnesota companies working on U.S. Bank Stadium.

Hy-Vee, Land O' Lakes Add to List of U.S. Bank Stadium Founding Partners

The list of U.S. Bank Stadium founding partners continue to grow as Hy-Vee and Land O' Lakes were introduced earlier this week. The founding partnerships include prominent signage throughout the stadium and exclusivity in specific categories.  

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